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Liverpool to punish Palace, Man Utd eyeing Albion scalp

Holly Thackeray | Match 5, 2016

Two Northwest giants are on the road for Sunday’s televised Premier League tussles, as a revived Liverpool travel for a Selhurst Park scuffle with Crystal Palace, while a buoyant Manchester United are hosted at The Hawthorns by West Bromwich Albion.

With an upcoming Europa League duel between the Merseysiders and Red Devils, as well as the ongoing race for a top four spot, these prior outings will take on an extra edge.

So, read on as Coral preview the action and present our Premier League betting picks…

Crystal Palace v Liverpool

  • Premier League
  • Sunday, March 6th
  • Kick-off: 13:30 GMT
  • Selhurst Park, south London
  • Live on Sky Sports 1

Eagles nest facing Reds rampage

With a recent rout over Manchester City completed and a tantalising midweek melee with fierce foes Manchester United to come, Liverpool’s morale should be sky-high as they arrive at Selhurst Park.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds ran riot last time out and are a tempting 23/20 to top it off with a win on the road. Competitors Crystal Palace have slipped to 14th in the table and have not posted a Premier League win at home since the middle of December.

Liverpool's Adam Lallana, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

The visiting Merseysiders will be keen to take advantage, but it must be remembered that Palace have proven prickly opposition for Liverpool in the recent past, with three victories from the last four meetings.

Clashes between these clubs always seem to bring goal gluts, with 14 strikes clocked-up across all competitions in those previous four contests, so backing both teams to score but Liverpool to win at 18/5 is worth customers’ consideration.

Midfield men crucial to Merseyside case

The Reds’ striker woes are well-known, but Klopp’s attacking midfield contingent are more than capable of contributing goals.

Adam Lallana (8/1 for the first strike) was instrumental in sinking Man City, as he opened scoring at Anfield, and the Englishman also notched two past the Eagles last term. While, compatriot James Milner also ran the Sky Blues ragged and is 4/1 to make it two goals in two games anytime.

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Should you prefer your scorer picks with a little more Samba flair, in-form Roberto Firmino and well-rested Philippe Coutinho (who has already poached a goal against Palace this season) are both superb 7/4 anytime shouts.

As for Alan Pardew’s attacking assets, Connor Wickham (11/1 for two or more) finally looks like a proper striker in the making after bagging two brilliant braces in as many matchweeks, while Yannick Bolasie (7/1 for the last goal) may fancy his chances of a second strike against Liverpool this season.

West Bromich Albion v Manchester United

  • Premier League
  • Sunday, March 6th
  • Kick-off: 16:00 GMT
  • The Hawthorns, West Brom
  • Live on Sky Sports 1

Man Utd back to menacing ways

Manchester United star in our second Mother’s Day match-up, as they make the trip to West Brom on the back of four straight victories in all competitions.

The Hawthorns has proven a happy hunting ground for the Red Devils, as they have not been defeated there since 2003. With that in mind, the Mancunians are worth snapping up at even-money to complete their league double over Albion.

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At 9/2 to see his side net three or more, United gaffer Louis van Gaal finally has his guys playing some fluid football.

Youthful exuberance has been key, with a rampant Marcus Rashford (5/1 to open the deadlock) the leading light. Though, last time against Albion it was another Red Devils academy graduate in Jesse Lingard (2/1 in the anytime market) who stole the headlines with a scorching strike.

Man Utd fans may also be excited by the prospect of young midfielder Joe Rothwell (6/1) and his inclusion in the squad, while poaching prodigy Anthony Martial (4/1 for the final say) may get vital minutes before facing Liverpool.

Belligerent Baggies typical of Pulis

Albion are never an easy opponent, however, and have been displaying typical Tony Pulis team trademarks of late, by holding league leaders Leicester City to a draw and sinking Palace at home.

West Bromwich Albion's Darren Fletcher (centre) reacts as Swansea City's Ki Sung-yueng lays injured before being stretchered off

Still, it could be a tricky few weeks for West Brom with Arsenal up next, so they are perhaps best-priced for a stubborn point (23/10) against the resurgent Red Devils.

Striker Saido Berahino is a 15/8 anytime option to put himself in the shop window, while Man Utd old boy Darren Fletcher is 12/1 to prove dangerous to his former employers.

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Coral’s top tip: Man Utd are excellent at 9/2 to score three or more.

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