Crystal Palace will know they could move into the top half of the table with a win when they travel to Elland Road to take on Leeds United in the Premier League on Monday night.
Palace have the chance to overtake their opponents with a win this evening, as a slow upturn in form for Roy Hodgson’s side has seen them rise to 13th in the table, level on points with Leeds and Southampton.
The Eagles will look to keep most of the same personnel in their line-up that inflicted a 2-1 defeat on Newcastle, but are expected to make a few changes to accommodate for the loss of Wilfried Zaha at Elland Road.
Without further ado, here is Football FanCast’s predicted starting XI, which sees Hodgson make three changes from Tuesday night’s trip to St James’ Park.
Hodgson is expected to field a strong lineup for the encounter, knowing it is likely Marcelo Bielsa is almost certain to do the same.
Vicente Guiata is Hodgson’s number one goalkeeper and will resume his rightful place in goal which means Jack Butland will be forced to settle for a spot on the bench.
In front of him, the Palace boss will stick with his tried and tested back four, with Tyrick Mitchell in for Patrick van Aanholt the only change on the left-hand side of the defence.
Jairo Riedewald is likely to keep his place with James McArthur coming in for Luka Milivojevic to form Palace’s double pivot in midfield, with Jordan Ayew providing pace out wide on the right wing.
This will push Eberechi Eze out to the same wide left role he fulfilled against Leeds in the Premier League last year while Hodgson will no doubt be hoping for the same impact.
Upfront, Michy Batshuayi and Jean-Philippe Mateta are expected to start at the top of the pitch in the absence of the club’s top goalscorer, Wilfried Zaha.
AND in other news, Roy Hodgson must recall James McArthur to face Leeds United…