It has been a mixed start to the season for the Eagles with a mixed bag of form either side of the international breaks since the start of the season.
The start of the season offered early defeats to Tony Pulis’ West Brom as well as Tottenham, who have been in unbeatable form in the Premier League so far this season; it then offered a run of form that saw us go unbeaten for five league games with only two draws against Bournemouth and Everton. However, of recent times, we have seen defeats to West Ham and Leicester City – both teams that have been struggling this season in the league.
The last two games have seen defensive errors at the forefront of the blame in defeat with the attacking players also leaving it until it’s too late to turn their potential into an actual product with a barrage on goal seen in the last ten minutes of the game, clearly visible to see against Leicester at the King Power Stadium. On Saturday, Scott Dann is set to return to the starting line-up, something that should give the team a massive boost with the player being missed massively in the last two games which he has missed out due to injury. The defender has been in great form when he has been on the pitch this season so it will be interesting to see if he can bounce right back into that on his return, possibly a goal on the cards?
A number of players have the potential to be danger men with Andros Townsend and Christian Benteke being the stand out candidates although the form of Wilfried Zaha recently throws him into the mix, with the player quite easily being recognised as the man of the match from the game against Leicester by the Palace contingent after a number of skilful runs against the defenders into the area, as well as his crosses.
Townsend hasn’t had a poor game in Palace colours yet and has impressed since pre-season, a player that is yet to reach his full potential yet. He has been the ideal replacement for Yannick Bolasie who joined Everton in the summer and a winger I look forward to watching week in and week out – he will definitely be a threat to the Liverpool defence at Selhurst Park, a man who is tough to keep quiet.
Let me talk about the player, I guess many Liverpool fans will be interested to hear about… Christian Benteke. He joined us in the summer, it was a long wait for him to sign but he did eventually after the two clubs agreed a fee and I think for the money we paid, he will pay that back as so far he has showed some great potential and execution with the style in which Alan Pardew chooses to play – so in all honesty, we couldn’t have signed a better player who is suited to us. He was our player of the month for September and I believe he may sneak a cheeky header in on Saturday.
How will Liverpool do this season?
Liverpool have looked strong this season and the potential their showing so far puts them as potential title candidates for me at this early stage. Jurgen Klopp has done a good job in his time at the club and it has grown from strength to strength, it’s something from the outside which is really exciting to see. A top three finish is more than capable for the side that is currently doing the business.
How will Palace do this season?
Palace are known for their mixed seasons in the Premier League with last season seeing us reach the final of the FA Cup, which I felt impacted on our league form. This season, I think we will have another season in the middle of the table but have the potential to push further into the top half with good performances and sequences of results.
Predicted Palace Line-Up:
Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool.