How we expect Crystal Palace to line-up against West Ham


rystal Palace may have games coming thick and fast over the festive period, with West Ham on Wednesday, but the way the Eagles are playing manager Roy Hodgson will want to keep things just as they are.

Hodgson has no real injury concerns ahead of the trip across London to West Ham, with only Mamadou Sakho, who has not featured often this season, a doubt.

“The only player missing from training this morning was Mamadou Sakho,” said Hodgson. “He will need to be assessed. Other than concern for Sakho, only the long-term absentees remain unavailable.”

Having made a few changes for the trip to West Brom – where Palace hit five in their biggest top flight away win in their history – Hodgson seems to have found the formula with Luka Milivojevic and Christian Benteke returning to the fold.

At The Hawthorns as well as against Premier League leaders Spurs, Palace were rampant going forward while keeping things as tight as usual at the back.

Benteke has brought the best out of Wilfried Zaha and Eberechi Eze, who can pose many a question to West Ham’s back line on Wednesday night.

Crystal Palace predicted line-up (4-4-2): Guaita; Clyne, Kouyate, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Schlupp, McArthur, Milivojevic, Eze; Benteke, Zaha

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Crystal Palace squad from: Guaita, Butland, Henderson, Van Aanholt, Mitchell, Dann, Cahill, Tomkins, Ward, Clyne, Kelly, Woods, Meyer, Kouyate, Milivojevic, Townsend, Schlupp, McArthur, McCarthy, Riedewald, Kirby, Eze, Ayew, Zaha, Benteke, Batshuayi, Pierrick

Injured: Ferguson (knee), Hennessey (thigh), Wickham (thigh)

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