Cabaye, Sako, Bolaise & Zaha STARTS! Crystal Palace STARTING XI vs Liverpool

Alan Pardew rang the changes in the stalemate with Man United last weekend, with Joel Ward, Damien Delaney, Wilfried Zaha and Dwight Gayle coming in for Adrian Mariappa, Brede Hangeland, Bakary Sako and Frazier Campbell.

The Eagles boss retained the 4-2-3-1 formation, with Gayle playing as the lone striker. Yannick Bolasie played on the right of the three attacking midfield positions, with Zaha on the left and Jason Puncheon continuing in the number ten role.

Ward was deployed at left-back, ahead of Adrian Mariappa and the injured Pape Souare, with Martin Kelly shifting to the opposite flank. Souare has since recovered from a knock and will return at Anfield this weekend, with Ward also expected to retain his place in the side ahead of Kelly at right-back.

Yohan Cabaye overcame a knock to line up in central midfield alongside James McCarthur, and the pair are expected to keep their spots in the midfield engine room. The likes of Mile Jedinak and Joe Ledley offer further options in the middle of the park, should Pardew rotate.

Up front, Gayle is a doubt due to a hamstring problem, with Campbell offering an alternative, along with Bolasie, should he be shifted from his wide role. Sako is also pushing for a recall on the flank, with Zaha’s position under increased threat. Connor Wickham and Marouane Chamakh remain short of match fitness, and are likely to once again miss out.

After a clean sheet last time out, Wayne Hennessey will hope to continue between the sticks and tighten his grip on the first-choice keeper role ahead of Julian Speroni.

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