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Crystal Palace: Team news and predicted XI ahead of Man City clash

Crystal Palace will be aiming to convert their recent run of four consecutive draws into a victory when they take on Manchester City in the Premier League this afternoon.

The Eagles have made a promising start to life under Patrick Vieira, although the Frenchman will be keen for his side to get some more points on the board in the coming weeks.

Wilfried Zaha’s absence from the starting XI in Palace’s last two fixtures haven’t helped the Eagles’ cause, but the 28-year-old is expected to feature from the off at the Etihad Stadium after making a full recovery from illness.

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In Friday’s press conference, Vieira confirmed that he has no fresh fitness concerns ahead of the tricky encounter against the Premier League champions, providing the 45-year-old with a significant selection boost.

However, he did confirm that Eberechi Eze is still unavailable following his Achilles injury from the end of last season.

With that in mind, here’s how Football FanCast expects Vieira to line up against Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens, with just one change from the team which started against Newcastle United last time out…

The ever-dependable Vicente Guaita will keep his place between the sticks for the south London outfit after a string of impressive performances.

Ahead of the Spanish shot-stopper is set to be the same back four which has started the last seven games for Palace. Tyrick Mitchell, Marc Guehi, Joachim Andersen and Joel Ward are beginning to gel as a unit, providing a solid defensive foundation for the rest of the team.

It’s a similar situation in the midfield engine room. The addition of Conor Gallagher has been a revelation for the Eagles, and the experience of Luke Milivojevic and James McArthur alongside the 21-year-old makes for an effective trio.

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It is in attack where Vieira has some big decisions to make as he looks to cause an upset against the reigning Premier League champions. Zaha is likely to feature from the off, so the £8.1m-rated Christian Benteke could drop to the bench despite scoring two goals in his last two games.

Summer signings Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise are likely to partner the Ivory Coast international in the final third, providing a potentially deadly forward line for Palace as both summer signings have made an impact in recent games.

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