Crystal Palace travel to Manchester City on Saturday afternoon, facing an unenviable task on matchday ten of the Premier League.
The Eagles have so far shown signs of promise under new boss Patrick Vieira, although have struggled to find a killer touch thus far. Of their opening nine league fixtures, six have resulted in draws (including each of their previous four), while only one has yielded three points.
A 1-1 draw with Newcastle at Selhurst Park last time out has left them sitting 15th in the table, but with a lot to feel encouraged about.
Saturday's opponents are a City side currently occupying third place in the Premier League while finding themselves in the middle of blistering form. Here's who Vieira could line up with to try and upset the very stacked odds.
1. Goalkeeper & Defenders
Vicente Guaita (GK) - Hasn't missed a minute of Premier League action so far this season and will do very well to earn his third clean sheet of 2021/22 on Saturday.
Joel Ward (RB) - Another constant in the Palace side since opening day, Ward looks set for a very tough tenth league appearance of the campaign.
Joachim Andersen (CB) - Has had a mixed bag with his performances in a Palace shirt since arriving in the summer. Good luck this weekend, Joachim.
Marc Guehi (CB) - Another summer signing, the England Under-21 captain has been mostly consistent and looks increasingly solid at the heart of Vieira's back line.
Tyrick Mitchell (LB) - Progressing nicely with more and more Premier League minutes under his belt. Very much favoured by Vieira - a status that was only strengthened by his assist for Benteke's goal last time out.
Conor Gallagher (CM) - An undoubtedly special talent, the 21-year-old has starred for Palace with two goals and an assist so far in the Premier League. His energy, tenacity and all-round quality is crucial for Palace.
Luka Milivojevic (CM) - Has started each of Palace's last four games and still hasn't picked up a booking this campaign - that could change on Saturday, though.
James McArthur (CM) - Reliable, consistent, no-nonsense. A bit of grit to balance the invention and brightness of Gallagher.
Odsonne Edouard (RW) - Has featured on the left in recent matches but, with Wilf Zaha's probable re-inclusion, Vieira may opt to fit him in elsewhere. Is visibly developing a smooth understanding with Christian Benteke and it would be a shame to stifle its progression.
Christian Benteke (ST) - With two goals on his last two, the big Belgian looks to be finding the form that makes him such a brute at the top of the pitch. A slightly more clinical touch needs to be found if Palace are going to convert draws into victories, however.
Wilf Zaha (LW) - Returned from illness to play 25 minutes against Newcastle and, considering his unparalleled influence in the side, should be in line for a start.