Crystal Palace welcome Wolves to Selhurst Park in the Premier League this afternoon as they look to extend their unbeaten run to six games.
Patrick Vieira’s charges secured a famous victory over reigning champions Manchester City last week, providing them with a huge confidence boost coming into today’s clash.
Talisman Wilfried Zaha and loanee Conor Gallagher grabbed the goals in that memorable 2-0 win over the Cityzens, lifting the south Londoners up to 13th as a result.
In Friday’s press conference, Vieira confirmed that he has no fresh injury issues to contend with ahead of Wolves’ visit, but the fixture has come too soon for Eberechi Eze to make his first team comeback.
With that in mind, here’s how Football FanCast expects the Eagles to line up today, with two changes from the side which started at the Etihad Stadium…
The ever-dependable Vicente Guaita will start between the sticks for Palace as he goes in search of a second successive clean sheet.
Ahead of the Spanish shot-stopper will be what has now become a very settled back four for Vieira’s side. Tyrick Mitchell and Joel Ward will line up either side of this season’s new centre-back partnership of Marc Guehi and Joachim Andersen.
In midfield, Cheikhou Kouyate could make way for club captain Luka Milivojevic at the base of the engine room, providing a solid foundation for Gallagher and James McArthur to join the attack. The Senegal midfielder may have been preferred over the Serbian last week due to his superior tackling and interception figures against a free-scoring City outfit, but the skipper could get the nod this time around.
Completing the starting XI is an exciting trio of Zaha, Odsonne Edouard and Michael Olise, which means that the £7.2m-rated Jordan Ayew would drop to the bench.
The Ghanaian was preferred to Olise against City due to his defensive work and impressive pressing skills, but the 19-year-old has bagged one goal and provided two assists in just 139 minutes of Premier League action this season, making him likely to feature from the off today.