The second semi-final of the Barclays Premier League Asia Trophy takes place on Wednesday evening with Liverpool paired with Crystal Palace.
This competition follows a similar format to previous stagings with semi-finals, a final and a play-off for third place. Liverpool will be eager to improve upon their poor recent record against Crystal Palace with the Eagles winning in each of their last three trips to Anfield and we’re expecting a thoroughly entertaining encounter given that both sides found the back of the net in each of their previous ten meetings.
This will be the second lengthy journey for the Reds this summer following a mammoth trip to Australia in May and they are also due to travel to Germany where they will face the likes of Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and AC Milan in the Audi Cup at Bayern’s Allianz Arena.
Crystal Palace decided to appoint Frank de Boer as their new manager during the summer following the surprise resignation of Sam Allardyce and the Dutchman’s first game in charge was a 3-1 win over Maidstone United on Saturday, Eagles goals coming from Jordan Mutch (two) and Jacob Berkeley.
De Boer has made a few signings over the summer months including Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan from Chelsea and he will lead his new side to further pre-season friendlies against Metz and Schalke once they return home from their Hong Kong adventures.
No odds are as yet available for Liverpool v Crystal Palace but we have little hesitation in predicting a win for the Reds in this encounter.