Who: Sheffield United vs Liverpool
When: Saturday, September 28th @ 02:30pm EAT
Last season’s Premier League runner-up face last season’s Championship League runner-up on Premier League matchday 7.
Liverpool are at the top of the table with a perfect 6-0-0 record. Sheffield United are in mid-table af with 8 points, the same as Manchester United, Tottenham, and Chelsea.
Manchester City lost to recently promoted Norwich on the road just two weeks ago. Sheffield don’t give up a lot of goals and that has been their mid-table recipe for success.
The Blades have the fewest goals scored at 7 and have only given up 6 though, same as City and Man United.
They’re strong on the counter-attack and have scored 5 of those 7 goals from open play and they would be taking the Norwich vs City approach, play on their front foot, and take it to the Reds.
Sheffield have a fairly deep and talented squad for a recently promoted team. Their squad continuity is paying off. The problem is they lack quality finishers. No player on the squad has more than one goal.
Liverpool have Virgil van Dijk’s and Joel Matip’s and Sheffield aren’t strong keeping possession, which Liverpool’s press will wear down over the course of 90 minutes.
Sheffield results haven’t been fluky–this is a terrible match-up for them.Liverpool are a terrible match-up for everyone except Napoli apparently.
Crystal Palace vs Norwich
Kick-off: 5:00, 28/09/2019
Stadium: Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace were denied a second successive home win by a stoppage-time when Wolves equalised in a 1-1 draw match at Selhurst Park last weekend.
Norwich surprised everyone with a win over champions Manchester City as they were beaten 2-0 by Burnley at Turf Moor.
Crystal Palace’s Betting Odds
Roy Hodgson’s side took the lead through Leander Dendoncker’s own goal in the 46th minute, but Diogo Jota’s late leveller prevented Palace from responding to their 4-0 thrashing at Tottenham.
Hodgson was left frustrated with Palace playing against 10 men for the final 17 minutes when Romain Saiss received a second yellow.
“Perhaps we should have taken one or two of those very good chances we created and the situations we created around the penalty area, and then maybe we wouldn’t have been concerned about the last minute of the game and a cross coming into our box.” He said.
Last Palace line-up: Guaita, Ward, Van Aanholt, Sakho, Schlupp, Cahill, Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Ayew, Zaha.
Last Norwich line-up: Krul, Byram, Amadou, Godfrey, Lewis, Tettey, McLean, Buendia, Stiepermann, Cantwell, Pukki.
PALACE 1-1 Wolves – Dendoncker (og)
Burnley 2-0 NORWICH