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League hopes now dead. Palace are the RE will be tears and cheers today STEVIE GEE US A GOAL.

THERE will be tears and cheers today as Steven Gerrard runs out at Anfield for the final time.

After 645 games and 184 goals the legendary skipper says farewell to fans before signing for LA Galaxy.

Emotions will run high and the script is written for the one-club man to score against Crystal Palace.

Gerrard has been warming up nicely for the occasion with strikes in his last two games against QPR and Chelsea.

He is a biggest 7-1 at Ladbrokes to score in the teatime live TV game and it's the punt all armchair fans will be on.

To net he is 21-10 at Paddy Power and if the Reds are awarded a penalty ... well he already takes them even though he missed one against QPR.

Gerrard is 11-2 with bet365 to score from the spot and 16-1 to net directly from a free-kick - and what a going away present that would be.

If he scores will he take his top off - sure he will - and maybe even throw it the crowd. That's an instant booking and a yellow card pays 4-1 at bet365 while he is 50-1 for an unlikely red which would be his second of the season.

As for the match itself Liverpool are a shortpriced 1-2 at Stan James and I can't be having that with their Champions League hopes now dead. Palace are the Premier League's fourth highest scorers on the road so look at both teams to hit the target at 10-11 with Ladbrokes and William Hill.

For excitement in the top flight you have to look at the wrong end of the table. QPR and Burnley are relegated but who will join them? I thought it would be Dick Advocaat's Sunderland but they notched a surprise win at Everton last week and could pick up a point at home to Leicester - that would suit both sides.

Hull sit third bottom, two behind Newcastle and Sunderland, and must win at Spurs to keep their hopes of staying up possible. Normally you'd give them no hope but Spurs are on a horror run so you can't write off Hull at 15-4 with McBookie.

Newcastle ended a rotten run with a much-needed point at West Brom.

The display wasn't great though and even though Rangers have gone I don't expect them to lose if they can keep their heads up - that pays 8-13 at bet365.

Norwich and Ipswich meet early in the Championship playoff semi-final second leg and it's Canaries boss Alex Neil, left, who should be smiling. City are 4-5 to win with McBookie and others.


CROWN IT Gerrard is hailed after netting at Chelsea last week and would love a farewell goal at Anfield today

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 16, 2015
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