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Crystal Palace predicted XI: £2.7m-rated star returns from injury as 'old-school' defender drops out

Crystal Palace look to take on Aston Villa in the Premier League as the Eagles look to recover from their midweek disappointment against Southampton.

The south Londoners took the lead in just the second minute through Christian Benteke, however, ended up on the losing side after a brilliant comeback from Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men.

It was the side’s fourth loss across their last five league games and increased the pressure on Roy Hodgson. Reports emerged the next day claiming the club were looking at Frank Lampard as a potential replacement for the former England manager.

Similarly, the Villains enter the clash having won just one of their last five games, however, have managed to lose just two as opposed to Palace’s four.

In terms of team news, James Tomkins could return for the outfit after suffering an eye injury, however, James McArthur remains a doubt. Patrick Van Aanholt is definitely out due to family reasons whilst Nathaniel Clyne missed out due to illness.

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With Hodgson having sounded so optimistic over the £2.7m-rated Tomkins’ potential inclusion, he could well return to the team, ahead of the ‘old-school‘ Scott Dann, alongside Cheikhou Kouyate, who has been shifted more towards the backline this season. Joel Ward has been the first-choice right-back in recent weeks and should feature at fullback alongside Tyrick Mitchell with van Aanholt out due to personal reasons.

Eberechi Eze has been in great form in recent outings and should retain his midfield slot alongside Luke Milivojevic and Jairo Reidewald, who has the second-highest pass accuracy of any player in the first team.

The attack proves to be the simplest of Hodgson’s decision with talismanic figure Wilfried Zaha virtually undroppable whilst Beneteke has been in sensational goalscoring form, striking inside the opening minutes twice in consecutive games. On the other hand Jordan Ayew is likely to be replaced by Andros Townsend after his poor display this midweek.

Crystal Palace predicted XI (4-3-3): Guiata; Ward, Kouyate, Tomkins, Mitchell; Eze, Milivojevic, Reidewald; Townsend, Benteke, Zaha.

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