After a deeply satisfying 2-0 win sent Palace into the FA Cup fifth round, Roy Hodgson’s men will return to league duty with their tails up.
A goal for the long-suffering Connor Wickham could see the striker rewarded with a first Premier League start of the year, but Jordan Ayew could continue his stranglehold on the position.
Here’s how we think Palace will line up when they visit Southampton on Wednesday evening:
GK: Vicente Guaita
…and breathe, Palace fans, for this no longer says ‘Julian Speroni’.
RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka
The hugely impressive right-back will roll out once again on the perimeter of the back four at St Mary’s, in a season that just seems to keep getting better.
CB: James Tomkins
Tomkins was given the night off in the cup game against Spurs, but will retake his place for the challenge of Danny Ings.
CB: Mamadou Sakho
The Frenchman remains a viewing enigma, but seems to be effective!
LB: Patrick van Aanholt
With AWB and PVA, Palace can boast one of the better full-back duos in the top-flight.
RM: Andros Townsend
Two goals in his last two, Townsend will look to keep his hot streak going on the south coast.
CM: James McArthur
One of the first names on Hodgson’s teamsheet, McArthur is making a name for himself as a reliable option in the centre of the park.
CM: Luka Milivojevic
Like McArthur, Milivojevic is becoming something of a Mr Dependable at Selhurst Park.
CM: Cheikhou Kouyate
The third central midfielder, Kouyate will seek to get a foot in at every opportunity and win the ball back before initiating a breakaway.
LM: Wilfried Zaha
Just keep him here, Roy. Please.
ST: Jordan Ayew
Despite Wickham’s goal against Tottenham, you feel like the Eagles have a better chance starting out with Ayew at the top of the formation. Expect to see Palace’s #21 come off the bench at some stage though!
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