Crystal Palace have found themselves in deep trouble so far this season in the Premier League, having made a new record of not scoring a single goal in their first five matches of the season on the top of conceding 12 goals in the campaign so far. They are now desperate for a victory to appease their fans who are furious with their performances and will look to turn their fortunes around with a win in their league cup tie against fellow Premier League club Huddersfield Town.
The last time the two teams met, the result was a 3-0 victory for the Terriers, which was also their first match of the season in the Premier League since getting promoted from the Championship last term. While they will look to repeat their performance in their next clash in the League Cup, the South Londoners will look to keep them in check and get a win to boost their lacklustre season so far.
The Eagles have tried a number of combinations to bolster their defence with whatever resources they have at their disposal but have failed severely so far, conceding a dozen goals already after just five matches in the Premier League.
They will definitely look to put that behind them as they go on to face a resilient Huddersfield side in their next match in the third round of the League Cup and might go in with the conventional four-man defence featuring Joel Ward, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, James Tomkins and Patrick Van Aanholt to start against the Terriers.
With their midfield not performing as per their plans, there might be a change in the lineup for the Eagles, with their new manager Roy Hodgson looking to use Luka Milivojevic and Lee Chung-Yong and pair them with Jason Puncheon and Yohan Cabaye in the starting lineup.
With the unavailability of their young winger Wilfried Zaha, who is scheduled to be out of action for some more time with an injury, it might be another difficult match for the South Londoners, but they have to make do with whatever resources they have at their disposal and get a morale-boosting win under their belt.
Ruben Loftus Cheek and Christian Benteke might be the ones to start the proceedings in the League Cup match for Palace, as they did in their last match in the Premier League, in order to try and win the match and get themselves a much-needed win in the new season.
Hennesey, Ward, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Lee, Cabaye, Puncheon, Loftus-Cheek, Benteke.