Crystal Palace woes in the Premier League continued following a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Sunday and the manner of the loss has certainly proven to be heart breaking for the fans as well as the players.
Palace cannot seem to buy a win in the league at the moment and as a result, the FA Cup Quarter Final clash against Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Friday night could be seen as a welcome distraction for the Eagles.
Following much discussion, it was Alex McCarthy who was selected to start ahead of Julian Speroni between the sticks in place of the injured Wayne Hennessey against Liverpool.
However, McCarthy’s error allowed Liverpool a way back into the game and the fans are now calling for Speroni to be handed a start. While there is still a possibility that Hennessey will return to full fitness, Pardew could finally give Speroni a chance if the Welshman misses out.
Delaney must get over the weekend disappointment
There has been a lot of debate regarding whether Damien Delaney’s tackle on Christian Benteke on Sunday was a penalty or not and while the defender has made his feelings clear, he perhaps had no need to go down to the ground to make such a challenge.
Now Delaney must look to put the disappointment behind him and he alongside Scott Dann, will need to put in a strong performance against Reading on Friday night in order to guide Palace into the semi finals of the FA Cup.
In the full back positions, Pape Souare and Joel Ward will be starting and the duo will need to do their bit both in defence as well as going forward.
Ledley will continue in midfield for Palace
With James McArthur and Jason Puncheon still out injured, Pardew will go with the duo of Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak at the middle of the park on the night.
Yohan Cabaye is a doubt ahead of the clash due to a knock picked up against Liverpool but given the importance of the fixture on Friday, it is widely expected that the Frenchman will be starting in his role behind the lone striker.
Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha enjoyed decent performances against Liverpool but the duo will need to have a bit more cutting edge in front of goal on Friday.
Jordon Mutch, Chung-Yong Lee and Bakary Sako are all available once again and Pardew will welcome the option of using the trio throughout the course of the game.
Adebayor likely to start in the absence of Wickham
Connor Wickham remains a doubt for the game through injury and while Pardew will be desperate to have his star striker available for the clash, he will surely have no problems in continuing with Emmanuel Adebayor in attack.
Marouane Chamakh suffered another injury blow recently but Dwight Gayle and Fraizer Campbell are available for selection.
Via – Lineup Builder
Crystal Palace FC Probable Lineup: Speroni; Souare, Dann, Delaney, Ward; Cabaye, Jedinak; Bolasie, Ledley, Zaha; Adebayor