Crystal Palace will travel to Leicester City tomorrow evening hoping for a victory which would see them take a massive step towards Premier League safety and the Eagles may well be given a helping hand given news of two late fitness tests for Foxes first-teamers.
According to Claude Puel, both James Maddison and Ben Chilwell will be forced to undergo late fitness tests before being given the green light to face Roy Hodgson’s men. Whilst no one likes to see a rival player injured, there is no doubt that the pair’s absence would be a huge help to Palace’s cause on the day, given the way both have performed all season long.
Saturday evening’s hosts sit just one place above Palace in the table but crucially have a five-point buffet over them; a gap which has already all but mathematically secured their top flight safety for another season. Eight points clear of the bottom three with 12 games to go, there is surely no way that Puel’s men can be dragged into a scrap for survival but if Palace were to pull themselves up to 30 points with a victory, you’d like to think they too could start cautiously planning for another year at English football’s top table.
With Zaha back in the fold after serving the second of his two game ban against Doncaster last weekend, it’ll be interesting to see the starting XI that Roy Hodgson opts for. To the best of my knowledge both Cheikhou Kouyaté and James Tomkins are now both back to full fitness but with Max Meyer having scored against Rovers and Jeff Schlupp getting himself on the scoresheet too, the gaffer has been given a rather pleasant selection headache ahead of our visit to the King Power Stadium.
What starting line-up would you go with?