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Crystal Palace: Predicted XI, team news ahead of Arsenal

Crystal Palace host Arsenal this evening as Roy Hodgson takes charge of his final ever game at Selhurst Park as Palace boss.

The former England manager announced his imminent departure earlier in the week after four relatively successful years with the south London outfit.

Premier League finishes of 11th, 12th and 14th represent a healthy return for Hodgson during his reign with the capital club, and the 73-year-old will be keen to end the season strongly this time around.

Two wins in Palace’s final two games could see them match their best ever league position under their departing manager, and this London derby should make for entertaining viewing.

Here’s how Football FanCast expects the Eagles to line up on Wednesday evening, with two changes from the side which started against Aston Villa last time out…

The usually ever-present Vicente Guita found himself on the Palace bench for the first time this season last time out as Jack Butland earned his first Premier League start since May 2018, but the Spanish keeper should take up his usual spot between the sticks for the visit of the Gunners.

In defence, it’s likely to stay the same as the dependable centre-back partnership of Gary Cahill and converted midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate continue to put in good performances. Patrick van Aanholt is expected to follow Hodgson out the exit door, meaning Tyrick Mitchell will make his fifth consecutive start, with Joel Ward on the opposite flank.

Should Guaita be dropped?

Yes - 100%!

Yes - 100%!

No way!

No way!

Hodgson will be forced into making at least one change in the centre of the pitch after Eberechi Eze suffered a season-ending injury. The more defensive-minded Jairo Riedewald could replace the talented 22-year-old and give James McCarthy more support and protection.

Two of the forward positions are guaranteed to be occupied by Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke after the pair both got on the scoresheet over the weekend, but Jordan Ayew will be punching for a recall from the off after Andros Townsend’s mediocre display, meaning the £7.2m-rated winger (as per Transfermarkt) could drop to the bench.

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