A different kind of Monday Night Football gets underway to close out Week 2 of the Premier League as Liverpool head south to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace.
Both squads looked excellent in victories last week, and while there’s still quite a bit separating these two squads – they can both attack and seemingly score at will. It should provide for a fascinating match in south London.
Liverpool are clearly gunning for this year’s title and have the team to do it. They’re loaded offensively and should be rigid enough defensively to at least push Manchester City. Palace meanwhile are solid and well-organized all across the pitch. Ever since Roy Hodgson took over last season, this has easily been a top-half of the table squad, and you better believe they’re thinking about snagging a spot in Europe this year.
All of that makes this match especially important. Liverpool are elite, but Selhurst Park is a tough place to play and that stadium should be rowdy on Monday evening. Read on below the odds for a full match breakdown and betting prediction.
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool Betting Odds:
Crystal Palace (+540)
Over 3 (-111)
Under 3 (-109)
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool Pick:
Crystal Palace have had an excellent week and the organization has to be feeling good about themselves as they prepare for a stiff test from Liverpool. They re-signed Roy Hodgson and top star Wilfried Zaha, and easily disposed of Fulham last week at Craven Cottage. Though Palace didn’t get the majority share of the ball or chances vs. Fulham, they countered beautifully and well very well-organized throughout. They will absolutely need similar discipline away from the ball vs. the Reds on Monday.
For Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool they were predictably dominant last week, winning 4-0 at home to West Ham. The front trio of Firmino, Salah, and Mane looked in-sync and speedy on the ball, and the team knows that if they are to contend for the title – they need to put these types of teams away and secure a full three points.
For Palace, there are no fresh injury concerns and it’s believed the only lineup swap will be to introduce new German signing Max Meyer into the squad. The young German midfielder has come with a lot of hype and should be able to give Palace some added creativity and skill from the middle of the pitch. The Eagles are fast and big up front, with both Zaha and Christian Benteke able to get on the end of long-balls and could cause trouble to the Liverpool defense.
Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip will be out for the Reds on their trip to Selhurst Park, but it is expected that new boy Fabinho will debut in the Liverpool midfield. He adds a real defensive presence and solidity to this lineup and should allow even more creativity up top from their skilled attacking talents.
I think Crystal Palace will play this match a little more defensive than they’re used to. They are hungry and well-organized and I think they have the squad and the discipline to frustrate Liverpool. When Palace does possess the ball I see them going to the air to trouble Liverpool, with big target man Christian Benteke being their preferred route to goals. Though the Belgian is in a bit of a rut, he looked great last week vs. Fulham and could find the back of the net on Monday. Joe Gomez of Liverpool will be tasked to mark Benteke, but that could be a tough matchup for the inexperienced English defender.
Ultimately, Liverpool should breakthrough first and that should further open the floodgates in what has the potential to be a very open match. Though Palace are solid, there’s just far too much skill to hold off the Reds for a full 90 minutes. I do think both teams to score however, and while a draw isn’t out of the question – I anticipate a Liverpool one-goal victory which exceeds the posted total of 3 goals. The thinking is the worst you do is push this wager, and there’s real potential for this game to go well over given the attacking talent on display from both sides.
PICK = Over 3 (-111)