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Crystal Palace predicted lineup vs Chelsea - Premier League

Tom Gott
Patrick Vieira will manage his first Premier League game
Patrick Vieira will manage his first Premier League game / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images
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The Patrick Vieira era at Selhurst Park will get underway on Saturday when Crystal Palace head across London for a meeting with Chelsea.

Armed with a handful of new signings, Vieira is looking to bring some excitement back to Palace and lead them away from another relegation battle, but an away clash with the reigning champions of Europe is hardly the best way to ease yourself into a new job.

Here's how the boss could set up.


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Marc Guehi
Guehi could face his former side / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Vicente Guaita (GK) - Now rocking the number 13 shirt, Guaita will be key to Palace's hopes of getting anything from this one.

Joel Ward (RB) - Ward had to wait to figure his future out, but with a contract extension finally getting sorted last month, he stands to be Palace's starting right-back for at least the coming season.

Marc Guehi (CB) - There's something storybook about the fact that Guehi's official debut could come against the team he just left for a tidy £18m.

Joachim Andersen (CB) - Palace's signing of Andersen could easily end up being one of the deals of the season.

Tyrick Mitchell (LB) - With Patrick van Aanholt's contract expiring, the door is open for Mitchell to make the left-back spot his own.

2. Midfielders

Cheikhou Kouyate
Kouyate could return to midfield / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

James McArthur (CM) - McArthur looked back to his best in pre-season and will be hoping to finally move on and leave his injury nightmare in the past.

Cheikhou Kouyate (CM) - Kouyate has spent a while at centre-back in pre-season, but Vieira should look to move him back to midfield to make space for the expensive new duo at the back.

Jeffrey Schlupp (CM) - Luka Milivojevic did not play a single minute in pre-season, suggesting he won't be starting here. With Michael Olise also nursing a back injury, expect to see Schlupp handed this spot.

3. Forwards

Wilfried Zaha
Zaha remains a Palace player / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Jordan Ayew (RW) - Expect Olise or Ebere Eze to take this spot when they return from injury, but in the mean time, Ayew will cling on to this spot.

Jean-Philippe Mateta (ST) - Palace might have forgotten what a prolific striker looks like. Mateta has the quality in him, but it's up to Vieira to draw it out.

Wilfried Zaha (LW) - For the third season in a row, Zaha is set to start a season in a Palace shirt despite openly admitting he wants to leave. Hopefully his head is still in the game and he can mimic last season's hot start.


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