Roy Hodgson admitted picking his starting XI before the West Brom game had caused sleepless nights.
It should be an easier task ahead of the visit of Tottenham this weekend after those the Crystal Palace boss sent out at The Hawthorns bagged five in the club’s biggest ever top flight win away from home.
Spurs pose a very different challenge to Slaven Bilic’s struggling Baggies, but the south Londoners are high on confidence and will be set on ending Tottenham’s run of four clean sheets in the Premier League.
Christian Benteke returned to form with two goals and some fine build-up play on his first start of the season last time out and looks set to keep his place. And Hodgson says despite the Belgian’s poor run in front of goal until last weekend, his quality has never been doubted.
“He has been good all along, his training performances have always been professional, he always comes to training to give his best even when things weren’t going as well as they are currently with his two goals,” Hodgson said.
“We are delighted for him to get that little bit of success, we hope now he is going to build on it.
“He has been very good, it would be nice if every comment about Benteke wasn’t prefaced with the fact he had played so many games without a goal, it would be nice to say Benteke is doing well with that preface.
“I can’t change that, he can’t change that, what he is doing now is what matters.
“What he did in training led me to wanting to put him back in the team and him taking his chances against West Brom is all positive news.
“He is a quality centre-forward with a lot of strings to his bow so it was great last Sunday that he was able to show the world that.”
Predicted XI (4-4-2): Guaita; Clyne, Kouyate, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Schlupp, Milivojevic, McArthur, Eze; Zaha, Benteke
Sunday 2.15pm, Sky Sports
Venue: Selhurst Park
Referee: Kevin Friend
Last meeting: Crystal Palace 1-1 Tottenham (July, 2020)
Crystal Palace squad from: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Dann, Cahill, Clyne, Townsend, McArthur, Kouyate, Eze, Ayew, Schlupp, Butland, Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, McCarthy, Batshuayi, Benteke, Henderson, Mitchell, Woods, Milivojevic, Meyer, Zaha.
Ruled out: Connor Wickham (knee), Martin Kelly (calf), Wayne Hennessey (knee), Nathan Ferguson (knee)
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