Michael Owen states his prediction for Crystal Palace v Liverpool FC
Michael Owen is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday
Michael Owen is backing Liverpool FC to secure a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.
The defending Premier League champions were 2-1 winners against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in mid-week to move three points clear at the top of the table.
Liverpool FC broke the deadlock in the first half when Mohamed Salah’s deflected strike beat Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris before Son Heung-min equalised seven minutes later.
However, the Reds secured three points when Roberto Firmino steered a header past Lloris from a corner in added time at the end of the top of the table meeting.
Liverpool FC have the opportunity to move six points clear of the chasing pack by beating Crystal Palace in the early kick-off at Selhurst Park this weekend.
Former Reds striker Owen is backing Liverpool FC to secure a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday lunchtime.
“Liverpool’s late win at home to Tottenham on Wednesday means that they sit three points clear at the top of the Premier League,” Owen told BetVictor.
“These are the types of results that win you championships, and when you consider that the Reds are still not at full strength, it’s a massive statement.
“Crystal Palace drew 1-1 away at West Ham in midweek. The signs are there that Roy Hodgson’s men are on course for a better season than many expected, although when we did our pre-season predictions, I did have them down for a top half finish.
“They are tough to play against away from home and if they keep Wilfred Zaha fit, they should continue to do well.
“History tells us that this has been a tough fixture for Liverpool. However, Palace have only won 2 at home all season and I think this will go the way of the away side.”
Liverpool FC are on a six-match winning run against Crystal Palace despite the Eagles being something of a bogey team for the Merseyside outfit over the past three decades.
Crystal Palace haven’t beaten Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park since 2014, when the Eagles were 3-1 winners against Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Liverpool FC have failed to win in their last five Premier League games on the road.
Klopp’s side will welcome West Bromwich Albion to Anfield in their next home fixture on Sunday 27 December.