Crystal Palace Likely Line-up vs Arsenal: Cabaye, Zaha, Bolasie & Murray Starts

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal. Selhurst Park. Sunday 16th August 2015.

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal. Selhurst Park. Sunday 16th August 2015.

Crystal Palace will play host to Arsenal this Sunday for their second Premier League game of the new season.

In the absence of regular keeper Julian Speroni through injury, Alan Pardew opted for Alex McCarthy over Wayne Hennessey between the sticks against Norwich. With Speroni still sidelined, the summer signing is likely to keep his place when Arsenal visit this weekend.

An unchanged back-four can be expected, with Scott Dann partnering Damien Delaney in central defence, while Joel Ward and Pape Souare are set to fulfil the full-back roles once again.

Yohan Cabaye was handed his debut in the double-pivot alongside James McArthur, with club captain Mile Jedinak overlooked.

Further forward, Pardew chose to ease Yannick Bolasie into action after the winger struggled with a hamstring problem over the summer – this allowed Jordon Mutch to start in the attacking midfield three, with Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha on the flanks. Bolasie could come into consideration for a start against Arsenal, though the Eagles boss will be reluctant to change too much, following the 3-1 victory over the Canaries last weekend.

Joe Ledley offers another option in central midfield, while latest signing Bakary Sako won’t be involved due to a lack of match fitness.

Palace also strengthened their striking options during the window, with the additions of Patrick Bamford and Connor Wickham. Both will be hoping to get the nod to lead the line against the Gunners, though Glenn Murray remains in the driving seat after starting last weekend. Frazier Campbell and Marouane Chamakh are both ruled out through injury.

Here is how Pardew is expected to line-up his side against the Gunners this Sunday.

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