Crystal Palace predicted lineup vs Watford

Crystal Palace secured a late win over Southampton in their last Premier League clash and now prepare to host a Watford side they could end up relegating on Saturday.

Patrick Vieira has taken Palace to within reach of the top half of the Premier League – they never finished higher than 10th in any previous top flight season – and will expect to win again this weekend.

Here’s a look at the starting XI the Frenchman could pick…

Jean Philippe Mateta

Jean-Philippe Mateta continues to get the nod up front / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

Vicente Guaita (GK) – You have started the last seven Premier League games in a row, bagging four clean sheets during that time.

Joel Ward (RB) – Returned to the team at the end of last month after a spell on the sidelines but will be expected to finish the season strongly.

Joachim Andersen (CB) – You’ve started 28 Premier League games this season, including every single one since Christmas.

Marc Guehi (CB) – Quite simply a masterful signing and few would have been expecting him to already be captaining Palace this season at the age of 21.

Tyrick Mitchell (LB) – One of the best left-backs in the Premier League this season. He could return here after missing the last two games.

Conor Gallagher (CM) – Direct goal involvements have slowed down in recent weeks, with no goals or assists since late February, but he remains hugely important.

James MacArthur (CM) – Could keep Cheikhou Kouyate out of the team to start a third Premier League game in a row. He has worn the armband in the last two.

Jeffrey Schlupp (CM) – Reinvented as a central midfielder this season and has become a key starter for Vieira as a result.

Michael Olise (RW) – Has only started once suffering a foot injury and lasted less than 45 minutes, but could return to the team here after two appearances off the bench.

Jean-Philippe Mateta (ST) – The ‘number nine’ appears to be his now after seeing off competition from expensive understudies Christian Benteke and Odsonne Edouard.

Wilfried Zaha (LW) – Scored the late winner as a substitute against Southampton and should return to the starting XI here in what is already his most prolific goalscoring season to date.

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