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Crystal Palace’s potential XI for the trip to Sheffield United

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Crystal Palace embark on their first away game of the season this weekend when they travel to Bramall Lane to take on Sheffield United.

The Blades managed to grab a point on their return to the Premier League courtesy of a late, late strike from the prolific Billy Sharp, which saw them draw 1-1 with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

Palace got their own campaign underway with a 0-0 draw against Everton, where Wilfried Zaha was the man in the spotlight having handed in a transfer request to force through a move to Goodison Park.

Here’s who we think Roy Hodgson will select to take on Chris Wilder’s side…

We think that the former England manager will stick with 10 out of the 11 players he chose to start against the Merseysiders, with the only change being Zaha for Jordan Ayew.

The Ghanaian was excellent against Everton and was voted as Man of the Match by the fans, but having a target man like Christian Benteke in the side is crucial – we think Zaha will be the man to operate close to the Belgian and look to cause the Blades some issues.

At the back, Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins still aren’t fit to play, although Jeffrey Schlupp has recovered from his injury to be available for selection.

New signings James McCarthy, Gary Cahill and Victor Camarasa all played in an Under 23s game on Monday and came through it unscathed, so they are all available for selection if Hodgson wants to call upon any of them.

We think that he will stick with what worked fairly well against the Toffees however, meaning that a back four of Joel Ward, Martin Kelly, Scott Dann and Patrick van Aanholt will line up behind a midfield trio of Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur and Max Meyer.

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