Liverpool will hope to seal their place in next season’s UEFA Champions League when they meet Crystal Palace this weekend. The game will serve as part of the final day of the Premier League campaign and while the champions and relegated clubs have already been determined, the race to finish in the top four is set to go right down to the wire.
Three clubs are vying to finish in the elusive third and fourth UCL spots with Manchester City and Manchester United already booking their places in next season’s competition. It’s going to be a slog for them all to get there but while Leicester and Chelsea have Tottenham and Aston Villa to worry about, Jurgen Klopp’s men can only focus on the task ahead of them. In this instance, it’s Palace, who will be officially bidding farewell to manager Roy Hodgson as he prepares to step down from his role at the club after this fixture.
The victories over West Bromwich Albion and Burnley have left many believing that this is Liverpool’s race to lose now, with odds of 1/10 via William Hill being offered for them to now qualify for the Champions League. Many fans thought it was a foregone conclusion that they’d miss out due to how catastrophic things have been for them on Merseyside in recent months, but somehow, they’ve stuck to their guns and they remain viable contenders.
Palace, on the other hand, are just lucky to be in the Premier League next season with many wondering whether or not they’ll stagnate in the summer. Either way, though, you can bet Hodgson will be eager to get one over on his former club in what could be his final game in management before retirement.
Liverpool are currently priced at 1/7 with Betfair to win at Anfield on Sunday and if they do, Champions League football will be in the bag. The Eagles are distant underdogs at 16/1 with a draw being set at 13/2 as fans prepare for fireworks on the final day.
There are plenty of other contests to keep an eye on too including the race for the Golden Boot, with Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah both eyeing up the prize that showcases just how efficient they are in front of goal. Salah is actually the 4/6 favourite with Betfred to break the 22-goal deadlock he currently sits at with Kane, and when you take a look at the form of both sides in the last few weeks, that makes a lot of sense.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be looking at this game as an opportunity to prove that no matter what is thrown at his club, they’ll always be able to prove their doubters wrong when they least expect it. They’ve had a few tough days at the office against Crystal Palace over the years but the pressure is being turned up in a big way – and we expect them to rise to the challenge with a victory that’ll send warning shots rippling through the rest of the top six.