(actual posting date: 30 October)
Match eleven – vs Liverpool (home)
Total mileage 2205.3
This week I was invited on to the Holmesdale Radio Podcast (http://holradio.net/listen-to-the-podcast/) previewing yesterday’s match against Liverpool. It was great to be given the opportunity to publicise my challenge.
I was asked on the podcast for my prediction for the scoreline. I said there was no logical way to conclude anything other than a Liverpool win; and then predicted Palace to win 2-1. We do seem to have a knack of getting unlikely wins against Liverpool.
In an amazing first half, Liverpool did their best to show why. Liverpool were clearly the better team and dominated, but twice after going ahead they allowed James McArthur to head Palace equalisers. It was Palace’s defence who showed the final piece of generosity of the half, however, giving Joel Mitap acres of space to head Liverpool into the lead for the third time. At that stage, 8-5 to Liverpool didn’t seem an unrealistic prediction. As it was the second half produced just one goal: Palace were the better team for large parts of the half, but it was Liverpool who scored to seal a 4-2 win. That’s three defeats in a row for Palace – next week’s trip to Burnley (whose home form is very good) now feels a very big game.
It’s also the third longest ride of the season for me. I am particularly looking forward to it as I will be staying for two nights with an old school friend who I haven’t seen in 25 years: a lovely by-product of the challenge. As for yesterday’s ride – it was very straightforward and I felt in good form, even if I still haven’t shaken off the last remnants of this cold!
A Halloween look for this ride.