Picking the Best Potential Crystal Palace Lineup to Face Southampton on Tuesday

​​Crystal Palace travel to ​Southampton on Tuesday evening where they'll look to build on an inspirational performance against ​Manchester City last time out, when Roy Hodgson's men went toe-to-toe with arguably the best side in Europe at the moment and almost came out victorious.


The Eagles face a mini injury crisis, however, with both Jason Puncheon and Scott Dann set to be sidelined for the remainder of the season, therefore their visit to St Mary's may be more concerned with just coming out unscathed rather than taking the game to the opposition. 

Goalkeeper

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​Despite Wayne Hennessey's heroics against City, Julian Speroni is expected to come back between the sticks. 

Defence

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  • Kelly
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  • Schlupp
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​An injury hit Palace backline will need some major surgery in the January window, but for now, Hodgson will need to do some immediate operating by throwing in a few square pegs in round holes. 


Martin Kelly will need to play at centre half against the Saints in Scott Dann and Mamadou Sakho's absence, a position he is comfortable in but perhaps not on the left hand side. 


​Manchester United loanee Timothy Fosu-Mensah will start again at right back after his man of the match performance against City, whereas Jeffrey Schlupp will return to the 11 ahead of Patrick van Aanholt. 

Midfield

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  • Milivojevic
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  • Loftus-Cheek
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​​Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek will need a late fitness test before he can start the game, but he should come through it successfully after sitting out the match against City. 


Luka Milivojevic and Yohan Cabaye will be deployed as the holding midfield two, and Palace will hope that the Serbian international has put his last minute penalty miss behind him. 


Andros Townsend will start again on the right hand side having recently opened his account for the season against Arsenal. 

Forwards

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​Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha will start up top alongside each other once again, with the Belgian striker in desperate need of a goal, having scored just one so far this season.


Zaha's scintillating form is attracting interest from all angles, but it is these sort of gritty games against relegation rivals that will mean the most to him and Palace's fans at the moment; he is worth his weight in gold to the Eagles. 

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