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Crystal Palace’s best possible XI under Roy Hodgson

Crystal Palace’s best possible XI under Roy Hodgson

Crystal Palace will be pretty pleased with how they’ve started the new campaign as they already have three points to their name. 

The Eagles rely heavily on pace in all areas of the field and this has certainly benefited them massively so far this season. But, Roy Hodgson has a selection headache with one of his summer signings now fully fit and ready to take centre stage, which could mean that he makes a number of changes.

Indeed, it’s important that the Englishman can now find a settled side, but he may need a lot of luck to do so as injuries can impact his match selection.

Therefore, in an ideal world where Crystal Palace have a fully fit squad with no injuries or suspensions to speak of, here’s an idea of what Hodgson’s strongest XI would look like…


We’ve gone with a 4-4-1-1 formation, as that is the formation that Hodgson has enjoyed most of his success from during his time as Palace boss. The wide men are able to get forward and use their pace in attacking areas, while the floating attacking midfielder pieces things together and gets into dangerous positions.

Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins have been the central defensive partnership that Roy Hodgson has looked to so far this season, and it’s fair to say that it has worked to a certain extent. Also, one of the hottest prospects in English football, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, would line up on the right-hand side having made a superb start to the season, while the ever-reliable Patrick van-Aanholt operates on the other side.

In midfield, the likes of James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic would both be given starting places in the side as they have already formed a strong bond that the opposition finds hard to break down. Meanwhile, Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha would line up on either flank as two of Palace’s deadliest attacking weapons, with their pace and trickery often being the key to creating goalscoring opportunities at Selhurst Park.

Lastly, highly-rated summer signing Max Meyer would take up his usual attacking midfield role, despite earning very few minutes so far in his debut season in the Premier League. And, Belgian striker Christian Benteke will look to make his presence felt by causing a nuisance and getting on the end of crosses in the opposition’s box.

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