When Crystal Palace travel to Anfield to play Liverpool, two teams trending in opposite directions will meet in what looks to be a rather big mismatch on paper.
Crystal Palace look like a team destined for a one-year return to the Premier League, with just three points in six matches. Only Sunderland (one point) have been worse.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have hit the ground running this year, currently second on the table behind Arsenal with 13 points. Obviously, Liverpool will be big favorites in this contest. Will they live up to that billing?
When: Saturday, October 5 at 10 a.m. ET (3 p.m. BST)
Watch: NBC Sports Network; NBC Sports Live Extra
Odds: Liverpool (69.9 percent), Crystal Palace (10.1 percent) and draw (20 percent), according to Bloomberg Sports
Any concerns about how Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez would play together were laid to rest last weekend against Sunderland, as Suarez notched a brace while Sturridge also scored and added two assists. Given the form Sturridge has been on this season—and Suarez's play a year ago—the duo looks like the most dangerous forward pair in the Premier League.
While the Reds will likely be busy scoring in this game, Crystal Palace will be busy, uh, not scoring. The underdogs haven't scored in their past three games, all 2-0 losses against Manchester United, Swansea City and Southampton.
But Liverpool have struggled somewhat since Philippe Coutinho went down to an injury against Swansea City, losing two of their last three matches in all competitions. The Reds must find someone to replace Coutinho's creativity and fluidity on the attack.
Does anyone think that Crystal Palace have a chance, at Anfield, against one of the hotter teams in the Premier League to start the season?
No, of course not. Sturridge and Suarez will be good for another three goals combined, while Simon Mignolet and the Reds defense will extend Crystal Palace's scoreless streak to four games.
Liverpool wins, 3-0.
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