Picking the Best Potential Crystal Palace Lineup to Face Manchester City on Sunday

Roy Hodgson's ​Crystal Palace side welcome Pep Guardiola's league leaders ​Manchester City down to Selhurst Park this Sunday in the early kick off, where the Eagles will hold some slim hope that they can become the first team to beat the Citizens domestically this season. 


Guardiola's side were largely frustrated last time out against ​Newcastle, winning just 1-0 as opposed to their emphatic victories for the most part of this season, a result which could give Palace a glimmer of hope. 


The table toppers have incredible strength in depth, whereas the Eagles' thin squad has been hit by fatigue and a few knocks after facing ​Arsenal on Thursday night, so a few fringe players may feature come Sunday afternoon. ​

Goalkeeper

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​The Argentine Julian Speroni continues to oust Wayne Hennessey from between the sticks. 

Defence

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​The return to fitness of Timothy Fosu-Mensah could threaten Martin Kelly's spot at right back, although Roy Hodgson may stick with the former ​Liverpool man in defence as opposed to risking the ​Manchester United loanee's fitness. 


James Tomkins, who scored against Arsenal, should once again partner Scott Dann in Mamadou Sakho's absence, whilst Ghanaian international Jeffrey Schlupp continues to bench Patrick van Aanholt, who looks set to leave Selhurst next month. 

Midfield

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​A knock to Frenchman Yohan Cabaye should see James McArthur return to the starting lineup in his absence, with the Scot being a more than competent replacement. 


Other than that, ever presents Andros Townsend - who notched his first goal of the season against Arsenal - should start alongside Serbian international Luka Milivojevic and ​Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus Cheek, who was excellent in the reverse fixture at the Etihad. 

Forwards

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​Palace's talisman Wilfried Zaha will be encouraged by Pep Guardiola's pre match comments on him, earmarking the Ivorian as the danger man for his side, and rightly so; the 25-year-old is playing the best football of his career. 


On the other hand, Belgian striker Christian Benteke is in rotten form. Whether he still hasn't recovered fully from his knee injury suffered at the Etihad, or for other reasons, the former ​Aston Villa man looks lazy, sluggish, and extremely out of sorts. 


Palace need him firing in their fight for survival. 

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