Crystal Palace will be aiming to extend their unbeaten run to three games when they take on Arsenal in the Premier League this evening.
The Eagles have secured consecutive draws in recent weeks after showing some promising signs under new manager Patrick Vieira, and the French tactician will be hoping to maintain their good form at the Emirates Stadium.
Vieira confirmed that all of his players had returned from the latest international break fully fit, with key midfielder Eberechi Eze also closing in on a return to first-team action following a lengthy layoff.
Despite the positive start to the season, though, Palace have still only won one of their opening seven games, and the need to get some extra points on the board is growing with every passing week.
With that in mind, here’s how Football FanCast expects the 45-year-old to line up against the Gunners, with only one change from the side that earned a point against Leicester City last time out…
The virtually ever-present Vicente Guaita will keep his place between the sticks for the short trip from south to north London, keeping former English international Jack Butland on the bench as a result.
Ahead of the Spanish shot-stopper is set to be a back four that has started to show signs of becoming a cohesive unit in recent weeks.
Full-backs Tyrick Mitchell and Joel Ward will line up either side of summer signings Marc Guehi and Joachim Andersen, and the Danish international will be looking to put a disappointing display against the Foxes behind him.
In midfield, a hard-working trio of Luka Mililvojevic, Conor Gallagher and James McArthur are expected to provide the drive and energy Palace will need to get a result against their more affluent rivals, with all three in good form of late.
Vieira’s toughest decisions over the starting XI will come in attack. While talisman Wilfried Zaha is guaranteed to feature from the off, there’s some doubt over the striker’s position and right-wing role.
Former Celtic ace Odsonne Edouard will be hoping to retain his place up front ahead of Christian Benteke, while Michael Olise will hoping his first goal of the season last time out is enough to relegate the £7.2m-rated Jordan Ayew to the Palace bench.