Two unbeaten teams meet head to head on Monday night
Last updated: August 20, 2018 by Leon Marshal
|Kick-off:||Monday, 20:00 pm|
|Last Meeting:||Cry Palace 1 – 2 Liverpool|
The two teams with the best pre-season summer form, both of which convincingly won their opening EPL fixture, meet head to head on Monday night, as Crystal Palace host Liverpool.
Palace’s turn-around under Roy Hodgson last season was massive and the up-turn seems to just keep on going. Some strong summer transfer business, along with tying Wilfred Zaha to the club with a new contract, has strengthened the ranks even further. The Eagle’s great pre-season form seems to have spilled over into this season. Last week, Palace made the short trip to Fulham, where goals from Wildred Zaha and Jeffrey Schlupp earned them a comfortable win. With things going so smoothly, the lineup is not likely to change here. Hodgson has turned Palace into a very difficult team to beat and the sky is the limit for their aims for this season. There’s no reason why Palace can’t finish in the top ten, but it remains to be seen how they fare against the big teams. This is a real test of their mettle so soon into the 2018/19 season, so perhaps we will get a glimpse of just how good Palace really can be.
Liverpool too continued their strong form of last and pre-season into their opening fixture last week. Emerging comfortable winners at home to West Ham came as a surprise to few. In fact, that match marked six months since Liverpool have even conceded a goal at Anfield, which came, ironically, against West Ham in February. The Reds went all of last season unbeaten at home, winning twelve and drawing seven. Anfield is a fortress then and key to Klopp’s success at Liverpool, while the Reds also have a fantastic record against the top six. All that, as impressive as it is, points to the two weaknesses of the club: away form and results against teams outside of the top ten. This match features both of those aspects, so it will be interesting to see how Liverpool grind out a result. That said, new signing Keita was impressive on his debut last week and should be joined by fellow new-signing Fabinho here. The Reds are even stronger than last season and if Palace aren’t at their best defensively, Liverpool will surely find a way through at least once.
New signing Max Meyer is not expected to start, with the German still working his way up to match fitness.
Wilfred Zaha recently signed a new contract at the club and is already off the mark for goals this season.
Summer signing Fabinho wasn’t risked for the last match, but could be fielded in the midfield three for his debut here.
Daniel Sturridge has been promised a greater role at the club and scored within seconds of being substituted on last week. It’s unlikely he will push any of the attacking three out of the starting lineup however.
|Cry Palace (4-3-3):||Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt, Townsend, Milivojevic, McArthur, Schlupp, Benteke, Zaha|
|Subs:||Ward, Kouyaté, Sørloth, Souaré, Guaita, Kelly, Riedewald|
|Liverpool (4-3-3):||Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mané|
|Subs:||Karius, Clyne, Milner, Henderson, Sturridge, Lallana, Shaqiri|
|Injured:||Lovren, Matip, Klavan, Chamberlain|
So Far This Season
|Crystal Palace This Season||Liverpool This Season|
|0 (1)||Wins (away)||1 (0)|
|2 – 0 v Fulham||Biggest Win||4 – 0 v West Ham|
|0 (0)||Draws (away)||0 (0)|
|Wilfred Zaha (1)||Top Goal Scorer||Sadio Mané (2)|
|Y2, R0||Discipline||Y1, R0|
|0||Failures to Score||0|
|0||Both Teams to Score Games||0|
|0||Over 2.5 Goals||100%|
|100%||Under 2.5 Goals||0|
- Crystal Palace started their campaign with an away win and a clean sheet at Fulham last weekend.
- Liverpool got straight to work and made easy work of West Ham last week, playing their typical high speed, high pressing, high scoring football.
- Taking last season and the summer into consideration, Palace have some of the best form in the league. They have won their last five matches across all competitions.
- Away form was Liverpool’s problem last season so it will be interesting to see how they fare here against a strong opponent.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|31/03/2018||EPL||Crystal Palace 1 – 2 Liverpool||Milivojević 13’|
|19/08/2017||EPL||Liverpool 1 – 0 Crystal Palace||Mané 73′|
|19/07/2017||Premier League Asia Trophy||Crystal Palace 0 – 2 Liverpool||Solanke 61′|
|23/04/2017||EPL||Liverpool 1 – 2 Crystal Palace||Coutinho 24′|
|29/10/2016||EPL||Crystal Palace 2 – 4 Liverpool||Can 16′|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
We’re hoping that this will be a great match between two teams who love to play attacking football. It could also be a litmus test for how the season may playout for both. Crystal Palace have high ambitions and should hold their own against big teams, while Liverpool’s away form against mid-table teams is perhaps their weak point.
Crystal Palace have scored at home in all of their last six matches against Liverpool. We see that happening, but with Liverpool’s frightening talent going forward, we see goals from them too. With that in mind, a Liverpool win plus over 2.5 goals seems a great bet with some real value, which you can get at Betfred.