Michael Owen predicts Liverpool v Crystal Palace
By Dominic Toner
Michael Owen has predicted Liverpool to beat Crystal Palace in their Premier League clash on Sunday.
The Reds host Palace at Anfield and will be looking to strengthen their position in the top four.
Jurgen Klopp’s side vying for a Champions League spot this campaign, but are under pressure from chasers Manchester United and Arsenal.
The Merseyside club are currently third-placed in the table, with Manchester City two points adrift in fourth.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven league games and haven’t lost since a 3-1 away defeat to Leicester in February.
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Owen has backed Liverpool to beat Palace at the weekend and tipped both teams to score.
“The Reds are often prone to slipping-up in home games where they are overwhelming favourites but they should edge out a Palace side that have transformed under new boss Sam Allardyce,” Owen told BetVictor. “The Eagles narrowly failed in their attempt to make it five wins on the bounce when drawing 2-2 with Leicester last weekend, and it will be fascinating to see if former Reds striker Christian Benteke can continue his fine run of form in front of goal back at Anfield.”
Liverpool have just five league games remaining to obtain their points as Klopp pushes for a return to the Champions League, something the club have experienced just once in the last seven seasons.
They were in the race for the title earlier in the campaign, but rivals Chelsea and Tottenham are now competing for the league crown.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s upcoming opponents Crystal Palace are in great form and have managed to steer away from the relegation places.
Sam Allardyce’s side have won five of their last seven league games, including an emphatic 3-0 victory over Arsenal.
Klopp will be wary of Palace’s main attacking threat Christian Benteke, who may be looking to prove a point after a difficult spell at Anfield.
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