New Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer will now be in little doubt as to the enormity of the task ahead of him after witnessing his new charges launch their 2017/18 season with two successive defeats and not a single goal scored. The Eagles started things off by losing 3-0 at home to newly-promoted Huddersfield Town and they followed this by an equally disappointing but less emphatic 1-0 loss to Liverpool at Anfield.
In fairness to Crystal Palace, there were positives to be taken from their performance on Merseyside and they succeeded in keeping the Reds at bay for 73 minutes, however the fact remains that they are still in search of their first win and morale will be pretty low in the Eagles camp heading into Tuesday evening's EFL Cup clash with Ipswich Town.
Can Crystal Palace stop the rot this week? They will be in for a tough challenge from an Ipswich Town side which have won all five of their competitive matches this season. In the Championship, the Tractor Boys have swept past Birmingham City, Barnsley, Millwall and Brentford while they brushed aside League Two outfit Luton Town in the previous round of the EFL Cup. With clean sheets in three of these outings they will be confident of keeping Crystal Palace at bay on Tuesday evening and in all honesty we fancy their chances.
Ipswich Town's Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn have already banged in seven between them this season and whilst the Eagles are undoubtedly a step up in quality from the sides which Ipswich have faced so far this term, the visitors are very well priced at 9/1 to win on Tuesday evening, especially so should De Boer choose to field a weakened line-up.