One change, £11m man dropped: Predicted Crystal Palace XI vs Tottenham - Our View
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One change, £11m man dropped: Predicted Crystal Palace XI vs Tottenham - Our View


Crystal Palace welcome Tottenham to Selhurst Park tomorrow in what should be an exciting game between the two London-based sides.

Why? Well, the Eagles are coming into this game having just put five past West Brom last week, a match in which Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha both scored braces.

In Tottenham’s case, they convincingly won the north London derby, so spirits should be high.

Let’s see the XI that we think Roy Hodgson will name tomorrow…

Same again in defence

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While the quartet of Nathaniel Clyne, Cheikhou Kouyate, Gary Cahill and Patrick van Aanholt didn’t have much to do against ten-man West Brom last week, they looked confident on the ball and deserve to start again on Sunday.

One change in midfield, Luka Milivojevic dropped

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While he’s the club captain, Luka Milivojevic doesn’t look like the player he once was anymore, and his ability in possession is questionable.

We feel that things are going to get difficult in midfield with quality players like Tanguy Ndombele, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Giovani Lo Celso in there.

In that respect, Hodgson needs to start someone who’s good on the ball and resourceful in possession, as well as a defensive-minded option.

In Jairo Riedewald, the south Londoners have a man possessing both of those traits – the Dutchman should come in to replace the £11 million Serbian.

Entertaining trio continue

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The trio of Zaha, Benteke and Eberechi Eze looked like they really enjoyed themselves at the Hawthorns last week.

They all linked up effectively, with the Belgian’s aerial prowess and awareness helping to bring the skilful duo into the game.

In a match where the Eagles might not get much possession or time on the ball, his aerial dominance might need to be utilised against Jose Mourinho’s men.

Predicted lineup: Guaita; Clyne, Cahill, Kouyate, van Aanholt; Riedewald, Schlupp, McArthur; Zaha, Benteke, Eze

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