Big Match Breakdown: Crystal Palace v Liverpool
Dave Burin | 20 August 2018
Klopp’s side won both meetings last term
Excitement always seems to be on the cards when Crystal Palace and Liverpool meet. And the pair face off once again in tonight’s Premier League cracker.
The Reds opened the season with a 4-0 mauling of West Ham United, while Palace took three points at Craven Cottage.
Ahead of this Monday night match-up, the Coral News Team go in-depth with another Big Match Breakdown…
The pair have met 51 times down the years, with Liverpool winning 26 clashes to the Eagles’ 14. That included a famous 9-0 thumping back in 1989.
Liverpool won both of last season’s meetings, including a 2-1 comeback victory at Selhurst Park. However, the most memorable recent showdown was the 3-3 draw in 2014, where the South London club scored three times in the final 12 minutes.
Roy Hodgson is pretty consistent with Palace’s system. You can expect a 4-4-2 with plenty of width once again. Andros Townsend and James McArthur will look to deliver from the flanks for Wilfried Zaha and the powerful Christian Benteke.
Jurgen Klopp employed a 4-3-3 for many of Liverpool’s away trips last term, including March’s 2-1 victory at Selhurst Park.
More of the same is likely, with a trio of James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita sitting behind the front three.
The obvious question is whether Palace’s full-backs can contain Liverpool’s options on the wing. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah caused untold misery for West Ham United last weekend, so the Eagles must be at their organised best.
In central midfield, there’s steel on both sides. The likes of Luka Milivojevic and Jordan Henderson aren’t shy in the tackle, so there could be a battling element to go with all the footballing flair on show.
In the match betting, the Merseyside club are favourites at 2/5. Meanwhile, it’s 7/1 for a Palace win, with the Draw priced at 4/1.
It’s likely to be a goal-filled affair. Coral’s traders make it 7/10 for Both Teams to Score, while it’s odds of 7/1 for a third 2-1 win for Liverpool in seven meetings.
In the goalscorer markets, Salah at 7/10 Anytime heads the betting. The Eagles’ most likely man is Wilfried Zaha at 13/5.
Mane has netted in each of the last two head-to-heads, and he’s ended up on the winning side both times. Coral’s traders have boosted the odds on Mane to Score Anytime and Liverpool to Win to 5/2 (from 11/5).
Click here for the latest Crystal Palace v Liverpool odds from Coral.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing