Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham are currently fighting it out in one of the most competitive title races in recent memory; a fact which led to millions of Reds fans cheering on Crystal Palace as they traveled to face Pep Guardiola’s defending champions at The Etihad Stadium last Saturday.
One man was so desperate to see Roy Hodgson and co. turn over Liverpool’s title rivals that he made an outrageously bold bet on Twitter, based upon Palace coming away from the North West with all three points; a call that is now no doubt seriously regretting.
If Crystal Palace beat Man City today, I will get Roy Hodgson tattooed right across my ass cheeks!!
— AdamWilliams (@94AdamWilliams) December 22, 2018
We may only be in December but with Jurgen Klopp’s boys having taken care of business away at Wolves on Friday night, they head into the Boxing Day round of fixtures four points clear of their closest rivals, thanks to the heroic display put in against the odds by Crystal Palace.
Before the game, I dare say Adam felt confident that City would sweep the South Londonders aside with ease. We’d picked up just one point away from home since mid-September heading into the game and were becoming known across the country as a side who struggle massively in front of goal, all of which pointed towards a hammering.
The opening stages of the game itself won’t have done much to change Mr Williams’ mood given the fact that City took the lead thanks to a Gundogan header but the three goals we scored in reply will have left him with red cheeks in more ways than one.
Will we ever see him follow through with the bet he made? I wouldn’t be sure but if he does, I can think of a design or two I’d like to see used. The moral of the story? Write off Crystal Palace FC at your peril.