Crystal Palace started their 2018/19 Premier League campaign with a win against Fulham in the first London derby of the season. Jeffrey Schlupp opened the scoring for the Eagles followed by a strike from Wilfried Zaha to kill off the game.
However, things are set to get difficult for them in their next match as they would be facing one of the potential contenders for the Premier League title this season in the form of Liverpool. The Reds showed their exceptional attacking prowess in the first match of the season against West Ham United as they went onto score four and would be looking to do the same against Palace as well.
However, Palace under Hodgson are no mugs, and it would be interesting to see how this match pans out.
Roy Hodgson has a full squad at his disposal with no injuries, which is a big relief for the former England manager. The Eagles have a balanced side at the helm and would surely be looking to take advantage of their home support when they face Jurgen Klopp’s red army at Selhurst Park.
Predicted 4-4-2 Crystal Palace Lineup Vs Liverpool
Wayne Hennessey is expected to start in the goal for the Eagles. The back four could include Patrick Van Aanholt, Mamadou Sakho, James Tomkins and the young Aaron Wan Bissaka, who had an exceptional game against the Lilywhites.
The quartet of Luka Milivojevic, Jeffrey Schulpp, James McArthur and Andros Townsend showed grit and composure in the middle of the pitch in their last outing and Hodgson would expect a similar show from them against the Reds as well. However, it would be a stern test for them to contain someone like Naby Keita, who ran riot in the midfield at Anfield on his Premier League debut.
Led by the team talisman Wilfried Zaha, the Eagles will look to penetrate the Liverpool defence, which had looked fragile for most of the last season. Christian Benteke is expected to start with the Ivorian up front and would look to score against his former team as well.
This is how Crystal Palace might line up against Liverpool.