Hodgson drops Mitchell & Mateta in 4 changes: Predicted Crystal Palace XI vs Burnley – opinion

Hodgson drops Mitchell & Mateta in 4 changes: Predicted Crystal Palace XI vs Burnley – opinion

Crystal Palace play host to Burnley on Saturday looking to get back to winning ways in the Premier League after the 2-0 defeat to Leeds United on Monday night.

However, Roy Hodgson will be without at least seven players for the Eagles’ game against Burnley, including chief talisman Wilfried Zaha, which may throw a spanner in the works.

Zaha has been in superb form for Palace so far this season but he was forced off in last week’s 2-1 win at Newcastle United, limping off the pitch after suffering a hamstring injury and subsequently missed the defeat to Leeds.

Hodgson could make as many as four changes for this afternoon, and with that in mind, here is Football FanCast’s predicted starting XI.

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Vicente Guaita is once again expected to start in goal ahead of Jack Butland as has become the norm.

Palace could make a couple of changes in defence with Patrick van Aanholt dropping back to left-back. Tyrick Mitchell has played a lot of football lately but struggled against Leeds so he could be given a rest against Burnley today.

Cheikhou Kouyate is also back in contention after being left on the bench for the trip to Elland Road. The 31-year-old could replace Scott Dann in the middle of the back four with Gary Cahill keeping his place while Nathaniel Clyne will once again start at right-back.

Club captain Luka Milivojevic offered little against Leeds, so switching Eberechi Eze to the left and bringing Andros Townsend in on the right shoulder of Jairo Riedewald should be a tempting option for Hodgson.

Upfront, things get a little more interesting, as new signing Jean-Philippe Mateta could be in contention with Christian Benteke still seeking to replicate the form that saw him score 17 goals in his first season at Selhurst Park, but the big Belgian is Hodgson’s trusted man for the big occasion.

Michy Batshuayi will form the rest of the strikeforce ahead of Jordan Ayew in the absence of the injured Zaha, having come off the bench to replace Mateta in the second half against Leeds.

AND in other news, Crystal Palace have struck gold with Eberechi Eze

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