Crystal Palace vs Chelsea: Predicted line-up
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Roy Hodgson must have looked at his Crystal Palace side over the international break and thought that they needed a change, because the team that managed to draw against Everton looked like a completely different side to the one that had to hold onto a 0-0 draw against Fulham at Selhurst Park.

The squad managed to control large periods of the game and they defended well to keep themselves in the game against Everton, who had the better chances in the match.

Meanwhile, a rejuvenated Chelsea side under manager Thomas Tuchel, faced their first setback in the Premier League last weekend against West Bromwich Albion with a 5-2 loss at Stamford Bridge, and his team will want to bounce back in their quest for Champions League football this Saturday.

Crystal Palace will be without their goalscorer against Everton in the form of on-loan striker, Michy Batshuayi, who is ineligible to face his parent club, Chelsea.

The team will have been boosted by the return of midfielder, James McCarthy and defender Tyrick Mitchell, who will be available for selection, but Connor Wickham will not be able to feature after picking up a minor injury. 

Thiago Silva will be suspended for the game as a result of getting sent off against West Brom last weekend, but Chelsea have the rest of their team to choose from, with no new injury concerns.

Crystal Palace's predicted line-up against Chelsea:

Goalkeeper - Vicente Guaita

Roy Hodgson knows what he is getting with his Spanish goalkeeper every time he walks onto the pitch. He always put in phenomenal performances and the reliability he brings to the side is remarkable.

Guaita made several brilliant and inspired saves last time against Everton and he is likely to have to make even more against a strong attacking Chelsea side.

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Right-back - Joel Ward

The experienced right-back is likely to start another game at Selhurst Park this weekend, with his no nonsense defending and confidence on and off the ball becoming so important to the team.

He has kept Nathaniel Clyne out of the team since his minor injury with excellent interceptions and strong tackles.

Center-back - Cheikhou Kouyate

With the performances Kouyate puts in, it seems ridiculous to think that his preferred position is in center-mid. The 6 ft 2 defender is so dominant in the air and his distribution was very important in helping Crystal Palace's new style of play against Everton.

The defender has formed a real partnership with Gary Cahill and this duo has made the squad very hard to break down.

Center-back - Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill is likely to feature and be a huge part of whether or not the team concedes against his former club; due to his commanding leadership and his vocal ability on the pitch.

He always gives 100 percent when he steps onto the field and the next game is likely to be no exception.

Left-back - Patrick Van Aanholt

With the news that Tyrick Mitchell is fit and available for selection, this position may be likely to be up for contention again. 

Van Aanholt is more match-fit and he has been playing a lot more recently, so it is likely he will keep his spot, but it may be rotated soon when it comes to fitness and game congestion.

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Right-midfielder - Jordan Ayew

With the way Crystal Palace approached the game against Everton, it allowed the winger to dribble with the ball and create space for his teammates off the ball.

He also made a number of astute passes and hit venomous shots at Robin Olsen in the Everton net. His dangerous play could be vital in securing a mid-table finish for the Eagles and causing Chelsea some serious problems in the process.

Center-midfielder - Luka Milivojevic

The more Crystal Palace fans watch their captain play, the more pleased they must get. The way he distributes the ball out to the forwards with such expertise is a joy to watch, and the way he marshalls his team around is inspiring.

A player that is strong in a tackle and great at dispossessing his opponents; he will be a player that will bring a smile to his fan's faces.

Center-midfielder - Jairo Riedewald

The ability to get stuck in and to tackle their opponents if they take a loose touch is Riedewald's forte. He made sure he dispossessed his opponent with every opportunity, and this desire to win the ball back is made to look so simple by the Dutch midfielder.

The ability he has will keep him in the side ahead of McCarthy, who may be likely to take his place when he becomes fully match-fit again.

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Left-midfielder - Eberechi Eze 

For the youngster to make the step up from the Championship to the Premier League and become such a strong and important addition to the squad so quickly really shows the humility and class Eze oozes.

This quality shows on the pitch, with powerful shots and having no fear to run at defenders and take them on is such a breath of life into the team. He will only improve with time.

Jeffrey Schlupp is likely to make an appearance, and he may even be subject to start, after grabbing an assist last time out with a threaded pass through to Batshuayi. However, Roy Hodgson will be likely to bring him on to make an impact off the bench.

Striker - Wilfried Zaha

Leaving a fit Wilfried Zaha on the bench is a recipe for disaster and it really takes the creativity out of the team; they really seem to lack a drive to get forward and attack their opposition.

Wilfried Zaha's desire to score and help his teammates score is remarkable, and the fans can really see how much it means to him when it goes wrong as the striker clearly shows his frustration. This determination to win is awe-inspiring, and it is so important to the side's success.

Striker - Christian Benteke

The striker struggled to make much of an impact against Everton last week, but the quality and aerial ability in front of goal should be enough to see Benteke start against Chelsea this weekend. 

The striker will have Jean-Philippe Mateta to worry about if he doesn't put a good performance in, as the on-loan forward from Mainz caused some problems for the Everton backline when he came on, and having this option off the bench will really please Roy Hodgson.

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Subs: Butland, Dann, Townsend, McCarthy, Mateta, Schlupp, Mitchell, Kelly, Hannam

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