Hodgson makes two changes, £400,000 man axed: Predicted Crystal Palace XI vs Man City - Our View
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: Bernardo Silva of Manchester City shoots during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium on January 18, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)

Hodgson makes two changes, £400,000 man axed: Predicted Crystal Palace XI vs Man City - Our View


Crystal Palace travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City tonight, where the Eagles will face a very tough battle to get a result.

However, Roy Hodgson’s side should be encouraged by picking up a point against Arsenal on Thursday, who were previously on a four-game winning run.

With two games in three days, Hodgson should probably make a couple of chances to the experienced XI who faced the Gunners.

Here’s the XI we think should be deployed against Pep Guardiola’s men…

Joel Ward and Cheikhou Kouyate out

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With Gary Cahill fit again, and well-rested having watched the Arsenal clash from the bench, we think the ex-Chelsea man should return to the XI.

He got an assist in this fixture last term, and his experience could be key – alongside Thursday’s Man of the Match in James Tomkins, City will have to work hard to unlock the solid duo.

Elsewhere, we think Nathaniel Clyne should come in for Joel Ward.

The £400,000 right-back did well against Arsenal, but we feel Clyne’s pace will be required up against Raheem Sterling.

Where’s Cheikhou Kouyate? Well, you’re about to find out.

James McArthur out, Kouyate in

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In a surprise move, we think Hodgson should put Kouyate back in midfield to provide the physicality and engine to spoil City’s tidy passing routines.

It is, admittedly, unfair to drop James McArthur, as he delivered a tireless display against Arsenal – the statistics below prove that.

However, as we recently detailed, the Scot is now 33, and needs to be managed carefully by Hodgson.

Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha upfront again


Up top, Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha should line up alongside each other once again.

The duo linked up well against Arsenal, with Benteke nearly scoring a powerful glanced header from Tyrick Mitchell’s cross, only for Bernd Leno to tip it wide.

Predicted lineup: Guaita; Clyne, Cahill, Tomkins, Mitchell; Kouyate, Milivojevic, Townsend, Eze; Benteke, Zaha

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