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MNF: Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Selhurst Park is the venue of the first Monday Night Football of the season and it should be a cracker with two teams with plenty of attacking intent in action.

Here’s a look at a few angles that could prove profitable for the match.

 

Teams News:

Joel Matip could feature for Liverpool after recovering from a muscular injury picked up in pre-season but Joe Gomez is likely to keep his place alongside Virgil Van Dijk with Dejan Lovren absent.

Roy Hodgson has a fully fit Crystal Palace side to choose from ahead of this contest with Wilfred Zaha starting after recently signing a new long-term deal.

 

Betting Angles:

Crystal Palace and Liverpool both got off to winning starts. Palace travelled across the capital and beat Fulham 2-0 while Liverpool hammered West Ham 4-0 in a game where they could have had more.

The Eagles have picked up from where they left off last season where they lost just one of their last eight league games and that came here at the hands of tonight’s opponents.

After losing their first seven games at the start of their last campaign, Roy Hodgson came in and steadied the ship, guiding the Eagles to a solid finish in the end.

Hodgson’s first game in charge of Palace came at home to Chelsea when they won 2-1 and their record at Selhurst Park from when Hodgson took over is quite strong.

The record stands at P16, W7, D5, L4. Those four defeats came against sides that finished in the top six last season. One of those was when throwing away a 2-0 lead over Man United when losing 3-2 but they hold champions Man City to a goalless draw.

In 11 of those 16 home games, the Eagles netted two or more goals proving they are a threat to any side with the pace of Zaha, who got nine goals, along with the width offered from full-backs.

The full-backs point is backed up by the fact that Patrick van Aanholt scored three goals in Palace’s last five home games and he’ll look to get forward and cause problems to this Reds defence this evening.

Liverpool’s away record saw them stutter at the backend of their campaign when winning just one of their last five away matches.

That win came here but draws at Everton and West Brom with defeats against Man United and Chelsea saw them come unstuck.

We know Jürgen Klopp’s front three can cause devastation with Mo Salah (32), Roberto Firmino (15) and Sadio Mane (10) all scoring double figures last season.

They got off on the right note against West Ham when even a fit Daniel Sturridge got on the scoresheet just moments after coming off the bench.

A fit Sturridge coming off the bench, plus a talent like Xherdan Shaqiri means this Liverpool side have strength in depth and if the starting three don’t cause you problems, this pair will.

The main angle of attack has to surround goals, especially when you see the amount of goals Palace scored here last season and the fact they only kept four clean sheets.

When you look at the history of this fixture then goals also show up. Ten of the last 11 meetings in the Premier League and FA Cup since the start of the 2013/14 season have seen BTTS & Over 2.5 Goals and that looks a suitable place to start.

Those 11 meetings have seen a total of 40 goals at an average of 3.64 goals per game so that once again highlights the way to go this evening.

Nailing down a player to score will see many going with Salah and rightly so after last season’s exploits.

However, I’m leaning towards Sadio Mane. The Senegalese international enjoys facing Crystal Palace and has had some great personal success against them.

In eight appearances, he’s been on the winning side on six occasions and in those eight matches, he has got five goals and two assists.

The 26-year-old scored either side of half-time in the victory over West Ham, plus it’s worth noting he scored in both meetings between these sides last season, so he can take his personal total to at least three during this game.

This should be an action-packed game with two sides that like to attack coming head-to-head. Both sides have pacey and tricky players at their disposal, so as you will see by the bets below, goals look the best angle of attack.

 

Bets:

Best Bet: BTTS & Over 2.5 Goals (11/10 – Sky Bet)

Next Best: Sadio Mane to Score Anytime (15/8 - Betfred)

Bet Builder Longshot: Over 1 Liverpool Goal, Zaha to Score Anytime, Alexander-Arnold to be Booked and Under 5 Cards in the Match (40/1 – Bet365)

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