Crystal Palace will be without Christian Benteke and Joel Ward but Max Meyer and Alexander Sørloth are both available while Arsenal could welcome back a few players.

Connor Wickham made his first Premier League appearance since November 2016 when he faced Everton last weekend.

SWANSEA, WALES - NOVEMBER 26: Connor Wickham of Crystal Palace receives medical treatment before taken off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Crystal Palace at Liberty Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES – NOVEMBER 26: Connor Wickham of Crystal Palace receives medical treatment before taken off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Crystal Palace at Liberty Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

About his return, Palace manager, Roy Hodgson said, “Connor is doing OK. Naturally, we are a little bit reticent. It’s right from his side and our side that we are careful with him. But to be honest, he’s come through every training session, so there’s no reason for me to have any fears about him.”

BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JULY 31: Connor Wickham of Crystal Palace reacts during the Pre-Season Friendly between Boreham Wood and Crystal Palace at Meadow Park on July 31, 2018 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND – JULY 31: Connor Wickham of Crystal Palace reacts during the Pre-Season Friendly between Boreham Wood and Crystal Palace at Meadow Park on July 31, 2018 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Arsenal could welcome Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac back as both recover from hamstring problems. Petr Cech is also back in full training after his own hamstring problem.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: goalkeeper Petr Cech of Arsenal receives treatment prior to being substitued for an injury during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Watford FC at Emirates Stadium on September 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: goalkeeper Petr Cech of Arsenal receives treatment prior to being substitued for an injury during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Watford FC at Emirates Stadium on September 29, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Fans heading to the game are warned that there will likely be travel disruption due to engineering works that will be taking place.

A statement on the Crystal Palace website said, “Southern trains are carrying out engineering works which means both Selhurst Station and Thornton Heath will only be operating a limited service with a severely reduced timetable.

“Norwood Junction will be running their normal schedule but this will be a Sunday service. 

“There will be additional Thameslink services from Norwood Junction running after the game going into East Croydon and down to Sussex. 

“The club advise not to use Thornton Heath station after the match. 

“For further details of journeys that the engineering works will affect locally to the stadium, simply click here.”

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