PREMIER LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL MUST BEAT PALACE

Liverpool stunned the Premier League last season after they won the title easily with little or no challenge from the rest of the teams in the league but they were not able to defend their title as expected this season thanks to injuries to key defenders and loss of form around the winter time of the season.

The Reds didn’t mount a sustained challenge in the defence of their Premier League title and were also in danger of not qualifying for the Champions League until they found form in the last few weeks to make a serious push to qualify for the competition. Liverpool have also been helped by the dropped points from Champions League chasers like Chelsea and Leicester City.

Merseyside giants Liverpool have won their last four games in the league and that unblemished run has propelled them into the top four on goal difference ahead of their final game of the season. The immediate past Premier League champions secured a top-four spot on the Premier League log for the first time since February with the last of the aforementioned four wins at Burnley. Liverpool saw off the Clarets 3-0 away from homeon Wednesday night through goals from Roberto Firmino, Nathaniel Philips and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to move into the top four on goal difference from Leicester City who had been beaten by Chelsea 24 hours earlier.

Ahead of the last game of the season at home to Crystal Palace, Liverpool have beaten Southampton, Manchester United, West Brom and Burnley in the past weeks and a fifth straight league win at the expense of Palace will secure Champions League football for the new season. Liverpool are massive favourites to secure the points needed against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday afternoon according to the soccer betting odds from the various soccer betting sites.

The Reds were overwhelming favourites to win their last two games at West Brom and Burnley as per the soccer betting odds from the major soccer betting sites and they were able to win those matches according to the bookies. The same situation is expected when the Reds take on the Eagles with at least 10,000 fans expected at Anfield for the first time in several months.

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