Hodgson makes 2 changes, Eze dropped: Predicted Crystal Palace XI vs Brighton – opinion

Crystal Palace will want to get back to winning ways when they welcome Brighton to Selhurst Park on Sunday, having lost to Chelsea in their last game before the international break.

Roy Hodgson remains without several options ahead of the A23 derby, but he will have been boosted by the news that Gary Cahill, James Tomkins and Patrick van Aanholt are working their way back from fitness.

However, James McCarthy and Wayne Hennessey suffered injuries whilst away on international duty, which means they will be unavailable for selection for the foreseeable future.

After a bright start to the season, Palace have suffered back-to-back defeats to Everton and Chelsea respectively, so Hodgson’s side will be hoping they can get back on track against Brighton.

Take a look at the starting lineup we are expecting to see at Selhurst Park, with Hodgson making a couple of changes from their last league game.

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Hodgson had been forced to name a largely unchanged side before the international break. But the Palace boss now has the luxury of options at the back, as both Cahill and Tomkins are in contention for selection, so he could decide to ring several changes to his squad.

Whilst Cheikhou Kouyate has grown accustomed to his new role as a makeshift centre-back in recent weeks, he will most likely replace McCarthy in the midfield, which may create space for Cahill instead.

Mamadou Sakho should start alongside the former Chelsea defender and they could be joined by Tyrick Mitchell at left-back and Joel Ward on the opposite flank.

Elsewhere, Jeffrey Schlupp could earn a rare start to replace Eberechi Eze who struggled against the Blues, losing possession nine times in the process.

This may see Kouyate slot into place alongside him next to James McArthur whilst Andros Townsend takes up position on the other wing.

Moving further afield, Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew will resume their partnership at the top of the pitch.

AND in other news, Crystal Palace must avoid deal for Watford winger Ismaila Sarr at all costs…

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