Predicted Crystal Palace line-up to face FC Helsingor
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson must aim to soar higher with the Eagles next season. The club have already begun their pre-season tour as they take on FC Helsingor in their opening friendly clash.
The Eagles have taken 26 players for their pre-season tour of Scandinavia. A number of youngsters have been included but Luka Milivojevic, who was Palace’s sole representative at the World Cup, has not been included in the travelling squad. However, new signing Vicente Guaita has been named in the squad.
Here, we take a look at a possible eleven the manager could field against the Danish side-
Predicted Crystal Palace line-up
Manager: Roy Hodgson
Vicente Guaita (GK)
The new signing should certainly be given the nod as he must gain adapt to Palace’s style of play ahead of the new term.
Patrick Van Aanholt (LB)
Van Aanholt was excellent for the Eagles last season. His marauding runs down the left flank posed a huge number of problems for opposition defenders. He also chipped in with a few goals and assists and could go higher this time around.
Mamadou Sakho (CB)
The centre-back was impressive in defence last season and was quite consistent at the back.
James Tomkins (CB)
Tomkins was also one of Palace’s consistent performers last season. The defender popped up with a few important goals las the club looked resurgent under Hodgson.
Joe Ward (RB)
The defender seems to be improving and he should be provided with a start against FC Helsingor.
Wilfried Zaha (LM)
The former Manchester United man flourished in his newfound striker’s role last season, but he should probably go back to playing out wide.
Jason Puncheon (LCM)
With Milivojevic out due to World Cup duty, Puncheon should be given the role in central midfield. He has shown his quality for the Eagles in the past and a good pre-season warm-up could see the midfielder hit top form again.
Jairo Riedewald (RCM)
With Yohan Cabaye’s exit, this will be a brilliant opportunity for Riedewald to impress Hodgson ahead of the new term.
Andros Townsend (RM)
Townsend is a relatively silent player for the Eagles but he often pops up with important goals. In fact, he is one of Palace’s unsung heroes and he always plays well when given a start.
Connor Wickham (ST)
The former Sunderland striker often produces the goods up front. Injuries limited his game time drastically last season but the forward should start against Helsingor to gain match fitness.
Alexander Sorloth (ST)
Palace’s January signing was slotted straight into the starting lineup and the player displayed efficiency and skill. He was often deployed as a winger with Zaha taking up the striker’s role. This time around, Sorloth should be given his preferred striker’s role.