Islam Slimani is not fit because of a thigh problem, and we would be surprised if new goalkeeper Martin Dubravka makes his debut on Sunday afternoon in London.
The team played well on Wednesday night against Burnley, but we again missed too many chances and were unable to put the game away.
How many points have those missed chances cost us this season?
It wouldn’t surprise us if we are still a Premier League club this summer if Rafa brings in two top strikers to fix a problem we have had over the last two seasons.
Kenedy – excellent in his debut on Wednesday night
There will probably be a few changes Rafa will make with Murphy coming in for Atsu on the right wing, with the Ghanaian International being ineffective on Wednesday night.
Rafa could even bring back Matt Ritchie in case we get another penalty since that miss by Joselu cost us 2 points on Wednesday.
Mikel Merino still seems to less than 100% fit, and we would expect Jonjo Shelvey to come back to partner the impressive Mo Diame in central midfield.
Joselu will keep his place up front and do battle with the tall defenders Palace have at the back.
May Dwight Gayle can be given a start in place of Ayoze Perez on Sunday?
Here’s a good team Rafa could start on Sunday:
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
Murphy (Ritchie) Diame Shelvey Kenedy
We’ll hear more from Rafa at his press conference this afternoon.
What would your team be for Sunday?