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Liverpool an intriguing bet to get top spot back by beating Palace

| 05.10.2013

Liverpool moved to the top of the table earlier this season when it was first updated in September thanks to their home victory over Manchester United and they could end up doing the same in October by beating Crystal Palace.

This latest round of fixtures are the first to take place in October, with Arsenal currently enjoying a two-point lead at the head of the standings.

It is 4/9 that they remain in this position after gameweek seven, but to guarantee doing so, they must win at West Brom, who have won two on the bounce on the Premier League, including a success at Old Trafford last time out.

The good news for Arsenal is that they have won four consecutive Premier League meetings with the Baggies and were level at the Hawthorns in the Capital One Cup after 90 minutes last month with a largely second-string line-up.

However, with Bacary Sagna adding his name to an injury list that already features Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski among others, a victory is far from certain.

An Arsenal defeat will mean Liverpool only have to beat Crystal Palace at Anfield to go top heading into the international break, while a Gunners draw at the Hawthorns will require a triumph by Brendan Rodgers’ men of at least a three-goal margin.

The last time that there was a change in Premier League leaders over the fixtures of gameweek seven was in the 2009/10 campaign, when Chelsea’s circumstances were similar to Arsenal’s now.

Having opened the season with a 100 per cent-winning record, Chelsea faced an away day that many believed they would also take three points from, but they ended up suffering a 3-1 defeat at Wigan, allowing Man Utd to swoop and take top spot on goal difference.

Although Crystal Palace are yet to concede more than twice in any of the six top-flight matches thus far, Liverpool’s price of 11/4 to end the weekend top of the Premier League does warrant consideration now that Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are back in tandem in attack.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.