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Crystal Palace: Predicted Eagles XI to play MCFC on Saturday

Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace face a testing afternoon at Selhurst Park on Saturday as they take on Manchester City.

The Eagles host the Sky Blues fresh off the back of a late 2-1 defeat to Leicester City and their task is certainly not any easier this time around against a Manchester City side who are on the brink of the Premier League title.

How many changes could Roy Hodgson be tempted to make to try and earn a positive result and just Palace’s second win in eight Premier League games?

We are not expecting wholesale changes, with just two expected from the team which took to the field at the King Power Stadium on Monday.

Vicente Guaita will remain in goal once more, as he has for every league game so far this season. However, there could be a slight alteration to the defence in front of the Spaniard.

Will Palace beat Manchester City?

Yes, easy!

Yes, easy!

Not this time.

Not this time.

The likes of Patrick van Aanholt, Cheikhou Kouyate and Joel Ward will remain but Scott Dann could drop out after a less than impressive display on Monday. Gary Cahill is reportedly set to be included in the matchday squad once more and should be fit enough to start.

With James McArthur still ruled out, this will see Hodgson likely select the same midfield three once again, assembled by Luka Milivojevic, Jairo Riedewald and Eberechi Eze.

The final Hodgson change should occur in attack, where the out-of-form Jordan Ayew could be swapped out for Michy Batshuayi. The £32,500-per-week Ghanaian has not managed to score a goal in the Premier League since November.

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Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha should remain in the team allowing for any injuries. The latter scored his 10th league goal of the season last time out and will be looking to further add to his tally on Saturday.

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