Still 9 days left to go before this match.
I cannot stand these international weekends, but seeing as we're having to do one, how many of our players are in action over the weekend? I actually cannot think of a single player who might be donning an international jersey over the weekend.
This should therefore allow Slaven free rein in team selection for the game at Selhurst.
The opposition attack well down their flanks, in a set up similar to ours. I'd say that the combination of Soares and Bolasie is marginally stronger than the pairing of Zaha and Kelly, principally because Kelly is less prone to overlap in the other team's half. Zaha is tricky with the ball at his feet but occasionally fluffs a final ball. Bolasie is much more powerful in his running. If Wickham isn't fit, they will choose from either Gayle, Campbell or possibly Chamakh for the focal point forward, although the latter is very much on the sidelines.
Its a two of McArthur and Cabaye in the middle.
Their defence is no-nonsense, as opposed to spectacular. They have been rotating between Hennessy (a Pulis signing) and the keeper Pardew bought from QPR, when they went down, who is pressing for inclusion as third choice in England's summer squad in the Euro's.
It will be a tight game, with two Frenchmen pivotal in creative roles, one per side.
Am taking Proph junior, who will be able to see fellow schoolgoer and even his teachers in the home stand near the away. Sadly not likely to be as sunny as last season!