Crystal Palace open their Premier League campaign with a trip across London to face Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The Eagles will be hoping to get off to a strong start in the 2018/19 season as Roy Hodgson gears up for his first full campaign in charge of his beloved Crystal Palace.
It’s been an interesting summer for Palace, with only a handful of players recruited. Vicente Guaita arrived on a free, alongside Max Meyer. Cheikhou Kouyate was signed from West Ham and Palace’s business was capped by the arrival of Jordan Ayew on loan from Swansea City.
Fulham, meanwhile, splashed the cash and added several quality options to the ranks as they prepare for their first season back in the Premier League.
It’s set to be an interesting clash on Saturday afternoon, but how will the Eagles line up in their opening fixture of the season? We’ve had our say with a predicted XI.
Guaita is likely to make his competitive debut for Palace at Craven Cottage.
Wan-Bissaka is likely to get the nod after performing well in pre-season.
Sakho is Palace’s best centre-back and is nailed on to start.
Tomkins is set to slot in alongside Sakho at the back.
Patrick van Aanholt
Van Aanholt is the undisputed first choice left-back for the Eagles.
Milivojevic is set to operate as a deep-lying midfielder for Palace.
Kouyate is set to be handed his debut for Palace.
McArthur is expected to make up the three-man midfield.
On the right, the talismanic Zaha is set to start.
On the opposite flank, Townsend is likely to be given the nod.
Making up the predicted line-up, Benteke is set to spearhead the Palace attack.