There is an old saying in football that you don’t change a winning team, while the game against Liverpool last Monday night was not a win, it felt like one and had it not been for a missed offside decision by that linesman it should have been one.
Manuel Pellegrini is usually loyal to a team that played well on the previous game so I am not expecting many changes. From his press conference on Thursday, we know Marko Arnautovic and Aaron Cresswell trained all week and that Samri Nasri did not and is not available.
Yesterday in a Claret and Hugh poll we asked 1,400 supporters whether Pellegrini should start Ryan Fredericks or Pablo Zabaleta at right-back against Palace, 63% of readers said Fredericks should start while the remaining 37% went for Zabaleta.
With all this mind I think Pellegrini will make just one change swapping out Javier Hernandez for Marko Arnautovic
Predicted Starting XI: Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Rice, Antonio, Noble, Snodgrass, Anderson, Arnautovic