Roy Hodgson och hans Crystal Palace kommer till Anfield på lördag, efter att besegrat Manchester City borta förra månaden har man nog vissa förhoppningar om en skräll även på vår hemmaplan. Ett lag med Wilfred Zaha så såklart aldrig räknas bort och det är nog ingen vild gissning att han kommer att attackera mot den som nu kommer att spela till höger i vår backlinje så fort tillfälle ges. Daniel Crame(@palacedann) från @theeaglesbeak har full koll på våra motståndare och ger här en lägesrapport:
- You are currently 14th in the Premier League, tell us a bit about the season so far. Has the team lived up to your expectations? This season has been fairly similar to recent ones for Palace. It turns out that we were only 3 points better off after 7 games than we were last season which says a lot when we lost our first 7 and didn’t score in any of them in 2017. Palace have played some good football under Roy Hodgson despite our position in the table however, luck really hasn’t gone our way in a lot of matches this season and too many chances have been missed due to the lack of a clincal goal scoring forward.
- If you compare this team to the one you had last season, are there any differences in the way you play? Palace definitely play a more expansive style of football under Roy Hodgson and never seem to park the bus. The attacking players we have make this easier however Roy’s tactics have been spot on in many matches this season. The only negative I could suggest is that Hodgson’s tactics seem a bit too conservative when we play at Selhurst but they do suit us on the road. It’s enjoyable football and much better than what we had to endure under Sam Alladyrce and Alan Pardew.
- You have only scored 20 goals so far, five from the penalty spot, what do you think needs to change for you to start scoring again? We’ve haven’t had a clinical goal scorer up front for some time now since Christian Benteke got injured and lost all his confidence in front of the net. Palace have been pretty unfortunate with injuries to strikers with the likes of Connor Wichkam having only just come back from a two year layoff. The acquisition of Jordan Ayew from Swansea on loan and purchase or Alexander Sorloth from FC Midtjylland in Norway showed promise however, they aren’t quite Premier League quality. Another issue is that Palace never seem to play to the strengths of stikers that are on the pitch as in, when Benteke or Wickham play, we don’t get the ball in the air to them which is what they’re better at due to their physiques.
- Who is your player of the season so far? Our player of the season has to be Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The young right back came through our youth system at the start of last season when we lost Joel Ward to injury and we haven’t looked back since. The lad is exceptional and his stats back that up. I’m never usually one to want to see players leave Palace but a part of me thinks that he’s on another level to us and would fit right in at a club in the top six but just keep that between us!
- The transfer window is open until the end of january, do you expect any activity from Crystal Palace? We’re all expecting a striker that actually knows where the goal is. Sorloth has gone out on loan to FC Gent so we have the space available. We’re in desperate need of someone with the ability to put chances away and with the amount we create, they would thrive with us. It’s actually quite frustrating because Palace really are just a clinical striker away from being a top ten side. Another area we’re strengthening is between the sticks due to recent injuries to Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessy. Lucas Perri is rumoured to be on his way to us from São Paulo which is exciting. It’s been a few years since we’ve had a young Brazilian at the club!
- What kind of game do you expect on saturday? How do you think you will lineup? It’s going to be a tough game for Palace as everyone expects but I feel as though we’re playing you at the right time after Liverpool’s unbeaten run came to an end against City. We’ll lineup with an unchanged side apart from the goalkeeper who could be Julian Speroni or new boy Lucas Perri. I expect a 2–1 Liverpool win.