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Batshuayi and Eze start, Hodgson snubs Benteke: Palace Predicted XI vs Sheffield United

Crystal Palace are back in action this afternoon, as they take on Premier League strugglers Sheffield United in an empty Selhurst Park stadium on Saturday.

Roy Hodgson’s side held high-flying Leicester City to a hard-fought draw last time out and the Palace boss is expected to rotate his squad before they face the Blades.

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He may look to keep most of the same team in place for what will be a tough test for the Eagles, having narrowly edged past Chris Wilder’s side on both of their past two occasions with a slender 1-0 lead.

Here is Football FanCast’s predicted starting line-up, which sees Hodgson make four changes from the nail-biting draw with the Foxes.


Despite failing to keep a clean sheet since the start of this season, Vicente Guaita will start in goal behind a back four consisting of Patrick van Aanholt, James Tomkins, Cheikhou Kouyate and Nathaniel Clyne.

Maybe Tyrick Mitchell could keep his place, but Van Aanholt has started nine out of his ten top-flight appearances this season and is likely to start at left-back.

Luka Milivojevic and James McArthur should resume their partnership in the midfield, which means there is no place for Jairo Riedewald, despite his latest showing against Leicester.

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It’s fair to say that Jeffrey Schlupp struggled against Aston Villa, so Hodgson could be tempted to bring Eberechi Eze back to the left and keep Andros Townsend on the right wing, with Wilfried Zaha likely to lead the line as an inside forward upfront.

Likewise, the Palace boss has every right to feel let down by Christian Benteke, who offered very little going forwards against the Foxes, so he could hand Michy Batshuayi a surprise start alongside Zaha instead.

AND in other news, Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson suffers cruel blow as key man ruled out vs Sheff Utd due to injury

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