The Eagles travel to Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime in desperate in need of three points.
Palace haven’t won on the road since their 2-0 win at Turf Moor in late November and find themselves at the bottom of the form table as it stands.
Everton, however, seem to be enjoying their start to the new year.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men have lost just once in their last five games. Their most recent win came away at Watford when Theo Walcott scored a 90th-minute winner, handing the Toffees all three points to complete an impressive comeback.
The last two meetings between these sides have both ended in 0-0 stalemates with nothing to separate them.
It has been confirmed that Jeffrey Schlupp, Mamadou Sakho and Cenk Tosun will all remain sidelined for Saturday’s clash, however, Tosun would not be able to play anyway as Everton are his parent club.
Here’s our predicted Palace XI for the game:
GK: Vicente Guaita
We expect that the Spaniard will retain his place in the starting XI despite his howler against Sheffield United on Saturday.
Guaita has played a key role in Palace’s 19/20 campaign thus far, keeping six clean sheets and making 70 saves.
RB: Joel Ward
Joel Ward is the only right-back in Palace’s 23 man squad for the 19/20 campaign and has suffered from injuries through the first half of the season.
We expect the 30-year-old to start in Saturday’s clash after making his first start of 2020 against Sheffield United last weekend.
CB: James Tomkins
James Tomkins has played a key role in Palace’s season, making 17 league appearances and keeping three clean sheets.
He is extremely reliable and rarely makes mistakes, making him the obvious choice to start at centre-back.
CB: Gary Cahill
Former Chelsea and England man, Gary Cahill, has been hugely influential at Palace this season. He brings plenty of experience to the team and keeps it calm at the back.
This makes it an easy decision for Hodgson, in our opinion, given that he is fit.
LB: Patrick Van Aanholt
Despite good performances from Jairo Riedewald lately, the return of van Aanholt has meant that the 23-year-old has lost his spot at left-back.
Van Aanholt’s creativity and drive combined with Wilfried Zaha’s skill and pace causes havoc on the left flank, meaning that he is likely to start against the Toffees.
CDM: Luka Milivojevic
The skipper, Luka Milivojevic, has just returned from injury and is extremely likely to feature in Hodgson’s starting XI on Saturday.
The Serbian’s presence brings calmness to the midfield and he is extremely reliable from the spot too.
CM: James McArthur
The Scotsman has been a first-team regular under the managerial reign of Hodgson. The 32-year-old has made 24 league starts this season, creating two goals and averaging 38 passes per match.
CM: Cheikhou Kouyate
The former West Ham man has made 23 appearances in the Premier League this season. He is a huge physical presence in the middle of the park and tends to drift out onto the right flank in-game. He’s the final man in our midfield three.
LW: Wilfried Zaha
The Ivorian talisman is a no-brainer for Hodgson. He brings skill, pace, and creativity to the side and often creates something out of nothing.
The 27-year-old has provided three goals and two assists this season and will be hoping to bring more goal involvements. He will be a huge threat to the Everton defence.
ST: Jordan Ayew
The Ghanaian is Palace’s top scorer this season with six goals. He is skillful and creative, however, he has been played at RW in recent weeks where he has not had much joy.
We think he will start in his preferred role on Saturday.
RW: Andros Townsend
Townsend made his 200th PL appearance against Sheffield United on Saturday. His return from injury means that Jordan Ayew can return to his normal role. Palace are short on wide men at the moment, so there is a lack of competition. This makes it very likely that the 28-year-old will start.