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Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool: FA Cup Betting Preview

Liverpool are playing really well right now and I am surprised they are odds against to win at Crystal Palace this weekend.

The Merseyside club will certainly be targeting FA Cup glory having seen the draw open right up and silverware come May is very much on the cards.

This year’s Wembley showpiece not only represents departing captain Steven Gerrard’s final match in a red shirt, but it also falls on his birthday and perhaps some things are just meant to be.

Sentiment aside, Gerrard has been part of a Reds revival of late and Liverpool more than played their part in a hugely entertaining five-goal thriller in midweek against Spurs.

Mario Balotelli’s late strike proved the difference between the two teams and it was a 3-2 win that saw Brendan Rodgers’ side move within four points of fourth placed Southampton.

That success made it nine Premier League matches without defeat since the 3-0 humiliation at Old Trafford in mid-Decemebr and the return to fitness of Daniel Sturridge has been a timely one.

In fact, it is 15 matches now since Liverpool last lost inside 90 minutes and they are clearly a cut above Saturday evening’s opponents, despite the host’s rejuvenation under Alan Pardew.

Palace rallied from a goal down in midweek to earn a share of the spoils versus Newcastle and that made it just one defeat in nine matches under the newly appointed Englishman.

Palace, like the visitors, should be eyeing Wembley with Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham no longer involved in the famous competition, but I will be amazed if Liverpool rest key men for this fixture and the Eagles have won only two of their previous nine top flight home fixtures.

It’s a fascinating weekend of knockout football but the match at Selhurst Park represents the best value and it is a match that should provide plenty of entertainment too.

3pts Back Liverpool (vs. Crystal Palace) @ 11/10 (various)

Tom allen
Sports Pundit staff writer
Having worked as a freelance football betting journalist since graduating University with, of all things, a Psychology degree, I am delighted to now be part of the SportsPundit team.Over the new season and beyond I hope to provide you with plenty of news, views and previews in order to try and make us all just that little bit richer.My main focus of attention will be on the Premier League, Champions League and Europa League but I’ll also be keeping an eye on all things international as the 2010 World Cup approaches.Winning tips will come and go...

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