Crystal Palace will be looking to cement their place in the Premier League when they welcome London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon.
Having suffered back-to-back defeats to Burnley and Newcastle, Roy Hodgson’s side returned to winning ways with an emphatic victory over Premier League strugglers West Bromwich Albion, with Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha bagging a brace apiece.
Hodgson had no new injury news to speak of other than Nathan Ferguson’s latest setback, with Connor Wickham, Martin Kelly and Wayne Hennessey ruled out due to injury.
It’s unlikely he will want to make too many changes as the Eagles were back on form against the Baggies last weekend to pick up their first points in their past three games with a 5-1 win at the Hawthorns.
Here, Football FanCast have worked on a predicted starting line-up for this afternoon’s action, which sees Hodgson make three changes to the team that crushed Slaven Bilic’s side.
The Palace boss will be well aware his side will have to be at their very best if they are to beat Jose Mourinho’s side, with Spurs looking to keep hold of their spot at the top of the table at the weekend.
Vicente Guaita should be handed a start later today, having been trusted for every single Premier League game so far this season.
Even with Hodgson making a few minor tweaks, it’s hard to imagine that Gary Cahill and Cheikou Kouyate won’t be the starting centre-backs this afternoon, with Nathaniel Clyne likely to start.
Patrick van Aanholt has been a mainstay of Hodgson’s side in recent weeks after Tyrick Mitchell picked up an injury, but the 21-year-old could be given a chance to earn his stripes at left-back.
This seems like an ideal time to unleash Andros Townsend to face his former club on the right wing, having been rested for the trip to the Hawthorns, with Eberechi Eze on the left and Zaha and Benteke set to start up front, which means Jeffrey Schlupp misses out.
The Belgian striker looks certain to lead the line after he returned to form with two goals against the Baggies.
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