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Crystal Palace predicted lineup vs Watford - Premier League

Jamie Spencer
Conor Gallagher's return will be a boost for Crystal Palace
Conor Gallagher's return will be a boost for Crystal Palace / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages
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Crystal Palace make the short trip to Watford in the Premier League this week, playing a rearranged fixture against the Hornets that was originally supposed to take place before Christmas.

The original date was postponed due to Covid-19 concerns and delayed until now.

Palace go into this one against former manager Roy Hodgson without a Premier League win so far in 2022, although they are also unbeaten away from home in that time.

Patrick Vieira is looking to go one better and that overdue win and this is the starting XI the Eagles boss could pick...


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Vicente Guaita is expected to return for this one
Vicente Guaita is expected to return for this one / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Vicente Guaita (GK) - Expected to return in goal after recovering from the knock that forced him off against Chelsea.

Nathaniel Clyne (RB) - Joel Ward's ongoing absence will give the 30-year-old his first successive Premier League starts this season.

Joachim Andersen (CB) - Hasn't missed a Premier League game since a short spell out of the team since December.

Marc Guehi (CB) - Has become one of the first names on the teamsheet since completing his summer transfer from Chelsea.

Tyrick Mitchell (LB) - Another automatic starter. He has barely missed a minute in the Premier League so far this season.

2. Midfielders

Conor Gallagher is set to return
Conor Gallagher is set to return / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Cheikhou Kouyate (CM) - Returned at the weekend for his first appearance since winning the Africa Cup of Nations.

Will Hughes (CM) - Dropped to the bench for the last match after a recent run of starts but could back in the team this week.

Conor Gallagher (CM) - Set to return here after missing out against Chelsea because he was ineligible against his parent club.

3. Forwards

Michael Olise is set to go back to the right wing
Michael Olise is set to go back to the right wing / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Michael Olise (RW) - Moved to a central role against Chelsea to make up for Gallagher's enforced absence but should go back to the flank now.

Odsonne Edouard ST) - Dropped out against Chelsea but looking for his seventh Premier League goal of the season.

Wilfried Zaha (LW) - Has been back in the team every game since returning from Africa Cup of Nations, with one goal contribution in that time.



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