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Crystal Palace hopes to get back on the winning track in the Premier League when they travel to face Brighton on Monday night.
In the absence of Wilfried Zaha, Palace has suffered a rather surprising, if not surprising drop in form and has lost points in three of its last five matches.
What’s YOUR PREDICTION for Crystal Palace vs Brighton?
The eagles win!
It will be a draw …
Seagulls win …
The Eagles were hard beaten by Burnley at Selhurst Park last Saturday and have a lot of work to do in the final third heading into the end of the season.
Palace’s No.1 goalkeeper Vicente Guaita is expected to keep his gloves on goal against Brighton, and will hope that the Palace defense can keep Neal Maupay and company. quiet.
As far as the bottom four go, this is where Hodgson will likely play with his starting lineup, with Tyrick Mitchell and Joel Ward potentially entering the XI, while Gary Cahill could replace Cheikhou Kouyate.
This means that Kouyate will return to midfield in place of Luka Milivojevic alongside Jairo Riedewald, but Eberechi Eze and Andros Townsend should keep their places in the wide areas.
Zaha scored the Eagles’ only goal against Brighton in the 1-1 draw in Selhurst Park the last time. Unfortunately for Hodgson, his return date is currently unknown, meaning that in the meantime he faces the unenviable task of trying to find a suitable replacement within his own ranks.
January arrival Jean-Philippe Mateta will likely be involved, therefore, while Christian Benteke should get the nod ahead of Michy Batshuayi in the final third.
And in other news, Crystal Palace suffers a significant injury setback with Roy Hodgson unsure of when Wilfried Zaha will return …