Crystal Palace travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United as the Premier League returns on Saturday (February 4).

Following a couple of new additions for the Eagles on transfer deadline day, in the form of Naouirou Ahamada and Albert Sambi Lokonga, we've taken a look at how they might line up.


Formation: 4-2-3-1

Goalkeeper: Guaita

This needs little explanation, the number one at Palace for a while now and a solid performer.

Defenders: Ward, Richards, Guehi and Mitchell

It would be unlikely to see a change from the back four that kept a clean sheet against Newcastle in the last Premier league game.

Chris Richards has been especially good since his introduction to the side which has meant the loss of Joachim Andersen has not been felt too sorely.

Joel Ward might face competition for his spot from Nathaniel Clyne and the selection might depend on whether Vieira prioritises attacking capabilities over defensive solidity.

Midfield: Doucoure and Lokonga

There might be a new partner in midfield for Cheick Doucouré, who has been magnificent for Palace this season.

Lokonga could well be thrust into action immediately. He has been forced to be Thomas Partey’s understudy at Arsenal at times in a deeper role, but might be given a bit more freedom to roam in this side.

Forwards: Olise, Ayew, Zaha and Edouard

Crystal Palace have played their best football of the season with a front four. The issue has been who to play in that striker role.

Wilfried Zaha has occupied the spot at times but might be deployed to take on his former teammate Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who is likely to be at right-back. This could mean Odsonne Édouard retains his place up top.

Michael Olise may be preferred to Eberechi Eze after his stunning late free-kick rescued a point at Selhurst Park when these sides faced each other a couple of weeks ago.