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Batshuayi and Townsend start, Schlupp dropped: Crystal Palace Predicted XI vs Leicester City

Crystal Palace return to Premier League action for the second time in three days when they take on Leicester City at Selhurst Park on Monday afternoon.

Fresh off the back of their disappointing defeat at Villa Park, the Eagles are getting ready to greet Brendan Rodgers’ side in their final game of the year.

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Roy Hodgson has never been one to tinker with his side too much, but with games coming thick and fast over the next few weeks and months, he may have very little choice but to make a number of changes to keep some of his key players fully fit and fresh for the second half of the season.

Here is Football FanCast’s predicted starting XI, which sees Hodgson make three changes from their previous game against Aston Villa.

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Vicente Guiata will keep the gloves with a back four of Scott Dann, Cheikhou Kouyate, Tyrick Mitchell and Joel Ward in front of him.

At centre-back, Kouyate is all but nailed on to start, while Gary Cahill’s recurring hamstring problem could pave the way for Dann to keep his place in the starting line-up for the foreseeable future.

Alongside them, Mitchell will be expected to fill in for Patrick van Aanholt, with the Dutchman due a break having started every game in the Premier League since he made a full recovery from a dislocated shoulder.

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Moving further afield, there’s bound to be changes made to the midfield, with James McArthur expected to replace Jairo Riedewald after he was rested for the trip to Villa Park.

Similarly, Andros Townsend could come in for Jeffrey Schlupp, with Eberechi Eze lining up on the left wing.

Upfront, Zaha has been in sensational form since the start of the season and scored a crucial double against his former club Manchester United at Old Trafford, so is likely to start.

There may be some rotation at the top of the pitch after Christian Benteke drew a blank against Aston Villa which means Hodgson could hand Michy Batshuayi a surprise start for the first time since the 1-0 defeat to Burnley back in November.

AND in other news, Steve Parish must look to cash in on Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins in January

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