Crystal Palace vs Liverpool: Match Preview

Sadio Mane scores against palace at Anfield as Liverpool beat Palace, 1-0

This particular Premier League fixture never fails to entertain, with a combined 16 goals in their last five league meetings. That’s excluding the infamous ‘Crystanbul’ which saw Liverpool blow a 3-0 lead with 11 minutes remaining on the clock.

After signing a new lucrative deal which sees him earn £130,000 a week, Wilfred Zaha will be looking to add to the goal tally, if doing so he will overtake Chris Armstrong to be Palace’s highest ever Premier League goal scorer.

Palace seemed to struggle getting in to gear during the first half of their opening fixture at Craven Cottage against newly promoted Fulham, however they dominated the second half overcoming The Lilywhites to win 2-0.

Young fullback Aaron Wan-Bissaka showed that he could become an instrumental part of this Palace side as he played a solid game at the back, he will have his work cut out against Liverpool’s attacking trio.

Liverpool will be hoping to keep the momentum going after thrashing West Ham 4-0 at Anfield on the opening weekend, which saw Salah pick up where he left off netting the Reds first goal of the season.

Sadio Mane stole the show with a superb cameo, causing the Hammers’ defence plenty of problems down the left-wing which he does so well – 2 goals from the Senegalese star made sure of Liverpool’s emphatic win.

Summer arrival Naby Keita looked as if he had been playing in the Premier League for years as he played an outstanding game, playing a part in the second goal as he skipped through West Hams midfield and playing a cleverly timed ball to Robertson who found Mane to score his first of the afternoon.

As well as a strong starting XI, Liverpool’s bench looked strong too with the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho and Daniel Sturridge – the latter scoring with his first touch of the game after being on the pitch for 24 seconds helping Liverpool to their biggest opening home win since 1932.

New £60million goalkeeper Alisson had a quiet afternoon, but once again proved how pin-point he is with his distribution.

Team News

Max Meyer who signed for Palace as a free agent could be set to make his debut for the Eagles as he approaches ideal match fitness. Other than this Roy Hodgson has a full squad to choose from.

Liverpool have no fresh injury scares, however Dejan Lovren is still ruled out due to a pelvis problem. Joel Matip could return to the bench after recovering from a hip injury.

New signing Fabinho could make his Premier League debut after spending the game on the bench against West Ham, however James Milner and co bossed the midfield last weekend meaning he could be forced to make an impact from the bench.

Prediction

Selhurst Park is a tough place to get a result, so Liverpool will find this a lot tougher than their previous game. If the midfield clicks like last weekend I can see the Eagles struggling to match the intensity in which Liverpool play, especially with the front three showing that they have picked up from where they left off last season.

Wilfred Zaha will be keen to get on the score sheet to break that record, so I expect Alisson to be given his first proper test in a Liverpool shirt.

This will be a tough test for Liverpool, they need to be winning these games if they want to be challenging Manchester City for the title:

Liverpool to win 3-1.

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