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Palace set to rotate

1st January 2019, 15:35 by Tom McGarry

Roy Hodgson is expected to rotate his Crystal Palace side for their clash with Wolves at Molineux on Wednesday.

The Eagles' three-match unbeaten run in the Premier League came crashing to an end on Sunday when they were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea at Selhurst Park.

That result leaves Palace just above the relegation zone and, after playing three games in the space of eight days, Hodgson is expected to rotate his team, with the likes of Connor Wickham and Max Meyer pushing for starts.

One player unlikely to come in, however, is goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, with Hodgson set to keep faith with Vicente Guaita, who has impressed in the Welsh international's recent injury absence.

Forward Christian Benteke is Palace’s only injury absentee as he continues his recovery from a knee injury.

Scoring goals has certainly been a problem for Palace this season but Hodgson is satisfied with how his side have been performing at both ends of the pitch.

"You look at all the teams around us in the area of the table that we are and we’re all pretty much in that situation [struggling for goals]," Hodgson told the club website.

"As far as I know, there’s not one team in the bottom seven or eight that has a good record in front of goal, that are scoring in front of goal.

"One or two may have scored more than us but we’re all pretty much in the same ballpark. And the fact that we have the best goal difference of those teams is down to the fact that’s we haven’t conceded many, so that’s why we’re on minus nine and the next best team around us has minus twelve."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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