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Crystal Palace team news and predicted XI vs Arsenal

Life without star man Wilfried Zaha got off on the right foot for Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson and his Eagles on matchday one after a dominant 1-0 win over promoted outfit Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Despite the narrow margin on the scoresheet, Palace were comfortable throughout in a performance that saw them boast nearly 70% possession and register over 20 shots across ninety minutes of action, with key striker Odsonne Édouard opening his account for the season.

After Hodgson’s return to Palace in the wake of Patrick Vieira’s dismissal last season was questioned, the veteran English headmaster guided the club expertly away from rocky shoals which eventually saw them finish 11th in the table, and most importantly, seem to be getting on just fine without the aforementioned Zaha, who is now plying his trade with Turkish giants Galatasaray.

There has been little business conducted at Selhurst Park this summer, however, with just 19-year-old Brazilian starlet Matheus França and Jefferson Lerma brought in as replacements for Zaha and Luka Milivojević respectively. But a clearly defined senior squad and preferred XI is no bad thing, and if matchday one is anything to go by, Palace remain capable as they head into Monday’s clash with Premier League title chasers Arsenal in an early capital derby that has seen the Eagles win just one of the last six (1-2-3) against the Gunners.

A tricky test, but one which they are capable of offering stiff resistance in nonetheless.

Predicted XI

Team News

Roy Hodgson is likely to deploy the same XI that was fielded in the win over Sheffield United given fitness concerns surrounding three members of the senior squad.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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