Crystal Palace’s misery in the Premier League is likely to continue unless they do something miraculous to avoid defeat when they face Manchester United this weekend.
The Red Devils were pretty ruthless in their 4-1 hammering of CSKA Moscow in the Champions League and should they continue their form in the Premier League, it would mean another shambolic defeat is looming large for the Eagles.
It would take some brave and bold steps from manager Roy Hodgson to hijack a point at the Old Trafford. United were made to toil as a resilient Southampton gave a tough competition to them but could not stop the Red Devils from scripting a narrow 1-0 win. They will now like to bounce back with a much superior performance against the most inconsistent team in the League so far.
Palace had some positives from their 5-0 thrashing at the hand of Manchester City and Hodgson would like to emphasise on that.
Predicted 4-2-3-1 Crystal Palace Starting Lineup Against Manchester United
Wayne Hennessey needs to improve his game in the Palace goal. This season hasn’t been the best for him and he needs to put up some serious resistance to stop the likes of Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku from scoring.
Hodgson is likely to go ahead with the four-man backline. The return of Mamadou Sakho wasn’t a happy one as he had to digest a 5-0 mauling. However, the French international is expected to keep his place in the starting lineup.
Scott Dann will be his partner in the central defence. Patrick Van Aanholt will try to make room from the left-hand side while Joel Ward is expected to be given an opportunity on the right-hand side.
Luka Milivojevic could play a vital role in this match. The Serbian midfield enforcer needs to be precise with his tackling and interceptions to see out this match with ease. Yohan Cabaye will be responsible for the creativity in the middle of the park.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s influence on the team cannot be denied. The English u-21 midfielder has put a strong statement since his arrival and Hodgson would be hoping he plays to his full potential.
Andros Townsend will operate from the right hand side. Jeffrey Schlupp will get a chance to show his mettle from the left flank.
Hodgson needs to deal with Christian Benteke’s injury as the player had to be substituted in the last match. Bakary Sako will lead the team.
This is how they might line up: