Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side go into the weekend top of the table, boasting the deadliest attack in the league, and with the best six game form of any side in the top flight. The Kop faithful will tell you that this isn’t any kind of witchcraft or wizardry.
The Reds have come through difficult tests away to Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea, as well as at home to Leicester and Manchester United. They haven’t lost to any of them. Now they have Crystal Palace in their sights.
It’s more likely to be Scare-hurst Park this evening as Crystal Palace look to avoid a third defeat on the spin. Pardew’s men have won three games this season, but all of those victories were against sides in the bottom five of the league. Jurgen-na fear Liverpool now.
So far in 2016 Palace have played 28 league games and have managed to keep just two clean sheets, against Everton and Norwich at home. The Eagles are conceding for fun, and along with Sunderland are the only team to have not kept a clean sheet all season.
Liverpool meanwhile are hardly defensively sound themselves. Despite keeping Zlatan Ibrahimo-Witch and Co. at bay at Anfield, Liverpool have struggled to keep the opposition out conceding in all eight of their other league games this season. Suddenly both teams to score at odds of 8/13 looks like a devilishly tempting prospect.
The Reds have won six of their matches this season, and in each of those victories there have been over 2.5 goals (or ghouls if we’re sticking with the Halloween theme!). It’s a 6/4 shot that Liverpool will win and there will be over 2.5 goals, or 9/4 that Liverpool win in a match were both teams find the net. Halloween isn’t far away but neither team have any fear of finding the onion bag.
One man who will try to put the frighteners on Liverpool, and could kick-start a Kloppy Horror Show is former Red Christian Benteke. The Palace striker has a point to prove against his former employers, and has three goals in his last six league games. There’s question marks over Liverpool’s backline. A lot like Vampires they might not be too comfortable around crosses. If Benteke gets the right service he could be a great bet at 6/1 to nod in the opening goal.
The formbook and the odds suggest Pardew will be haunted by the thought of Liverpool’s arrival this evening and at odds of 8/11, the favourites could leave Paddy Power as white as a sheet if they pinch three points. Half of Liverpool’s wins this season have finished 2-1, and while that’s a 7/1 punt, the scorecast of Benteke to score first and the Reds to win 2-1 is a 60/1 shot. A bet that could pay for all your elaborate costumes this weekend.