£55k-a-week man dropped for one reason: Predicted Crystal Palace XI vs West Ham - Our View
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£55k-a-week man dropped for one reason: Predicted Crystal Palace XI vs West Ham - Our View


As the old footballing cliché goes – you don’t change a winning team.

In this instance, that statement could be aimed at Crystal Palace. The Eagles beat West Brom 5-1 two weeks ago, and followed that up with an excellent display to hold league leaders Tottenham to a 1-1 draw.

However, we are going to make a change – just one.

Here’s the XI that we think should face West Ham tomorrow…

Patrick van Aanholt out, Tyrick Mitchell in

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Now, before anyone says anything, we know we might be starting to sound like a broken record regarding Tyrick Mitchell.

We’ve made no secret of how unjust we felt his exclusion upon Patrick van Aanholt’s return was, and we still believe that. However, Mitchell has to play against West Ham purely because of how dangerous Jarrod Bowen is.

The former Hull City attacker – who the Eagles agreed a fee for before he moved to the London Stadium, according to the Evening Standard – has been excellent this season.

Bowen loves to cut in from the right on his preferred left foot, and has scored four goals in 12 Premier League games this season.

Mitchell is far better defensively than the £55,000-a-week Netherlands international, so he must start.

Dangerous quartet start

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Aside from Van Aanholt being dropped, we’d make no other changes ahead of the backline.

The dangerous quartet of Jeffrey Schlupp, Eberechi Eze, Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke is looking like it can cause plenty of sides problems – Roy Hodgson must keep them all together against the Hammers.

Aside from them, Luka Milivojevic and James McArthur should also start to ensure that the side is balanced.

Predicted lineup: Guaita; Clyne, Cahill, Kouyate, Mitchell; Milivojevic, Schlupp, McArthur; Zaha, Benteke, Eze

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