Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Saturday 19th December was the last time Crystal Palace recorded a league victory, and since then, they’ve only managed to record 4 points. In the 11 games since then, they’ve only scored 8 times, whereas Liverpool have scored 11 goals in 3 games. Victory will be the ultimate goal for the Eagles but with a Liverpool side who showed fine resilience to enact revenge on Manchester City on Wednesday, it will be a tough challenge.
Palace do finally have a goalscoring striker in Connor Wickham, who has 4 goals in his last 2 games, and they may believe the former Black Cats striker could be the impetus they need against Klopp’s Liverpool.
As for Liverpool’s striking options, they may not have a striker in real form at the moment, however with Daniel Sturridge’s return and the form of Roberto Firmino, they still remain a dangerous outfit to Palace.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool
West Brom v Manchester United
With the title hopes of Manchester United all but dead and buried, the focus for the Red Devils will be to achieve European football, whether that is the Champions League or the Europa League. As for the Baggies, who are undefeated in 3 games, their focus will be just to keep the momentum going and to gain a possible few places.
United have lost their last 4 away games in all competitions, however West Brom have gone 7 home games without a loss in all competitions; their last home loss being on the 19th December.
With West Ham close behind United by 1 point, Van Gaal’s men will hope to keep the Hammers at a safe distance for as long as possible. Pulis’ side are 12 points off the bottom three, and on the whole, safe from relegation, and only 3 points off a top-half finish, which may be the only goal for the remaining 10 games.
Prediction: WEST BROM 0-2 MANCHESTER UNITED