After capturing three points last weekend, Crystal Palace and Liverpool square off at Selhurst Park for the first edition of Monday Night Football this season. The Anfield Talk’s Logan (@kidddlogan) previews the matchup.
Who: Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool
When: Monday, 20th August
Where: Selhurst Park, London
Time: 18:00 GMT, 3:00 EST
TV: Sky Sports(UK), NBCSN(US)
After a very impressive performance at home versus West Ham United, Liverpool are looking to continue their fine run of form as they face a tricky Palace side. The front three of Liverpool’s attack have begun the Premier League campaign brilliantly, as if there was not a World Cup or holidays in between. More of the same should continue against Palace as their form continues to get better.
The performance of the midfield trio, Naby Keita, James Milner, and Gini Wijnaldum at the weekend was an absolute masterclass. They simply outworked and overpowered West Ham’s midfield. If the trio is named to the starting XI Monday, Palace’s midfield should be worried after the stellar performance.
The back four did not have a lot to do against West Ham’s attack, but that will change Monday as Wilfried Zaha will be running rampant to find channels in behind. Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk will have to keep a close eye on the England International, but that should be the extent of Palace’s threat.
Joel Matip has been handed a fitness boost according to Jurgen Klopp and could be featuring in the squad on Monday.
Dejan Lovren has still not trained with the squad and is still weeks away from doing so.
Jordan Henderson is likely to be in contention to be named to the starting XI as he has become fully fit after appearing as a substitute last weekend.
Fabinho may be featured in the starting XI Monday, however the Brazilian is struggling to gain full fitness after a knock he took at the end of preseason.
Unfortunately, the Estonian King, Ragnar Klavan, has made a permanent transfer to Serie A side Cagliari. The amount of class, professionalism, and respect that Ragnar showed towards the club will never be forgotten. You’ll Never Walk Alone, Ragnar.
After a hard fought and gutsy performance against Fulham that saw them take away three points, Palace will want to do much of the same against Liverpool. An absolute brilliant performance from Wayne Hennessey in goal allowed the eagles to remain in the contest long enough until Jeffrey Schlupp was able to break the deadlock. Another countre attack goal this time coming from Zaha, saw the eagles capture all three points from Fulham. If Palace want a way to be able to steal points away from Liverpool, the defence and midfield will have to put on a fantastic performance. Wayne Hennessey will also to be superb once again if they want to even be in contention throughout the match. One mistake and the Eagles will be punished.Embed from Getty Images
Earlier this week, Wilfried Zaha signed a new five year deal with the club amid interest from a number of the top four clubs.
Roy Hodgson gave an update on the progress of Scott Dann, Max Meyer, Connor Wickham, and Jonathan Williams this week. All of them will not be featured in the side on Monday.
Cheikou Kouyate is expected to make his first start for the Eagles as he comes in to the central midfield alongside with Luka Milivojevic.
The Reds are hoping to make their lives easier on Monday by getting by the tricky Eagles at Selhurst Park. Liverpool has struggled there the last few seasons and are hoping to finally get a comfortable victory.
The last time that the Reds faced the Palace side, was in a three goal thriller at Selhurst Park. Palace went ahead with a penalty from Milivojevic, but the Reds clawed their way back into the match with goals from Mane, just after half time, and Salah with only minutes remaining.
The Reds first met the Eagles at Anfield during the first few weeks of Premier League play. The scoreless stalemate was broken by Sadio Mane late in the game to take away all three points.
I think that Liverpool will overcome the Selhurst Park struggles and win 3-1.