On the first matchday, Liverpool went through a lot of difficulties when they travelled to Watford,
to face the team who is now managed by Portuguese Marco Silva.
They started the match with the wrong foot, trailing twice, but their good start to the 2nd half almost ensured them a victory, hadn’t it been for the lucky last-minute goal from the hosts.
The transfer window is still open, and it is still affecting Liverpool, since the club can still lose Coutinho, one of their key players, to Barcelona.
The Brazilian wasn’t called up for this match, and Salah’s arrival overshadows his absence. Liverpool’s attack will still be pretty fast, dynamic and mobile.
Crystal Palace went through some tough times last season and they needed “Big Sam” (Sam Allardyce) to be able to stay in the Premier League.
This season, they hired Frank de Boer, who arrives in London after a failed stay at Inter Milan, and they didn’t get off to a good start, losing 3-0 at home to recently promoted Huddersfield.
There are good and bad coaches, good and bad teams, and this Dutch manager is already starting to show massive fragilities on his technical guidelines.
However, I must praise Huddersfield, who I believe are here to stay in the top tier for a while, and I think their coach will still be a big name in the world of football, so he shouldn’t stay at Huddersfield for long.
Theoretically, Palace’s visits to Liverpool are usually good, since Liverpool hasn’t won at home against the Eagles since 2013.
However, Crystal Palace are still looking fragile and weak, so this is a great chance for Liverpool to return to good results.
Looking back to De Boer’s history in Italy, in the Serie A, the manager had a record of 13 goals scored and 14 goals conceded, getting a clean sheet only once during his period at Inter Milan. The 3 goals conceded on the 1st matchday are indicating new defensive issues in this new team.
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Pick:
I believe this match will have, at least, 3 goals.
Firstly, because I believe Liverpool will want to secure the 3 points after their draw in the 1st match and they will face a weak defence.
Secondly because I expect some reply from Palace’s attack, after that humiliating 3-0 result at home. I think the match will end 2-1 or 3-1, in favour of Liverpool.
PREDICTION AND BETTING TIP
|Over 2.5 Goals|