The fixture computer has the potential to be a sick twist. The Premier League has given Crystal Palace the toughest start of any team, with games against New Arsenal last week, Liverpool tonight, and Manchester City at the end of August. The Eagles are looking to improve on a strong debut season under Patrick Vieira. Sure, they play Villa at home on Saturday in a game they can win, but let’s not focus on that. Here, I’m attempting to sell a story!
The fact is, nobody thinks Palace has a great chance tonight. If you’re into betting, you can get odds of 16/1 on a Palace win and 6/1 on a tie. Since Palace had the audacity to win three straight games against Liverpool at Anfield between 2015 and 2017, they have lost ten straight games, both at home and away.
Even before Liverpool began the season with a clumsy, plodding 2-2 draw at Fulham, this matchup appeared formidable. An act like that has repercussions. The Liverpool players have listened to those who question their desire to play another season of heavy metal football for nine days. At 8 pm, the backlash starts.
Both sides made some intriguing choices. Jordan Henderson was not included by Jurgen Klopp because he preferred Harvey Elliott and James Milner in the midfield. Nat Phillips, a center-back who appeared in a lot of games in 2020–21, gets the start. While Joe Gomez is only healthy enough to sit on the bench, Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate also have injuries. Darwin Nunez, a record signing, begins at the front.
Odsonne Edouard has apparently been replaced by Joel Ward, indicating that Patrick Vieira has switched to a back five. The Palace team that lost to Arsenal 10 days ago has only undergone that change.
Liverpool (4-3-3) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, van Dijk, Robertson; Elliott, Fabinho, Milner; Salah, Nunez, Diaz.
Substitutes: Adrian, Gomez, Tsimikas, Bajcetic, van den Berg, Keita, Henderson, Carvalho, Clark.
Crystal Palace (possible 5-4-1) Guaita; Clyne, Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Ayew, Doucoure, Schlupp, Eze; Zaha.
Substitutes: Johnstone, Richards, Milivojevic, Olise, Hughes, Ebiowei, Plange, Mateta, Edouard.
Referee Paul Tierney.