Cahill starts in central defence with Van Aanholt on the bench, though James McCarthy and Wayne Hennessey returned from their international camps injured – the latter likely to be out until the new year and the other prompting a late move for Jack Butland on the final day of the domestic window.
“Hennessey is still waiting for a scan and to see a specialist,” said Hodgson. “I wouldn’t dream of making comments on that until later. It’s the muscle very high up [his leg] that you kick with.
“McCarthy had a scan in Ireland and when he came back – the one here showed a Grade 1 injury to his hamstring and as a result is unavailable.
“Normally those take between two and three weeks, but I’d be very surprised if he’s training in the early part of next week.”
Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Ward, Cahill, Kouyate, Mitchell, Townsend, McArthur, Riedewald, Schlupp, Batshuayi, Zaha
Subs: van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Sakho, Clyne, Henderson, Benteke, Eze
Brighton XI: Ryan, White, Dunk, Webster, Lamptey, Bissouma, Lallana, Burn, Trossard, March, Maupay
Subs: Connolly, Mac Allister, Gross, Alzate, Steele, Bernardo, Veltman