Crystal Palace will look to build on their fine win at Old Trafford on Saturday when they entertain lowly Colchester United in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening, with Roy Hodgson expected to make wholesale changes to his side, according to the Evening Standard.
The Eagles picked up one of the best results in their history against Manchester United at the weekend, and they won’t want to undo their hard work with an early exit in the League Cup, a competition which they would have a genuine chance of going deep in.
Palace haven’t had the best of records in the cups in recent times, with Premier League survival much more their focus, and it might be that staying up remains paramount to their thinking once again, but as the season goes on they will hope to be in a position to target silverware of some kind.
This early in the competition though, Hodgson is expected to make plenty of changes to his starting XI for the contest, although just as at Old Trafford on Saturday, the Eagles remain without their defensive pair of Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins.
The Palace boss could decide to give full debuts to his summer signings James McCarthy and Victor Camarasa for the contest, with the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend expected to be rested after their exertions in Manchester at the weekend.
Christian Benteke is another who could have a rest, with Connor Wickham likely to get the opportunity to lead the line for the Eagles, against a side languishing in the lower half of League Two.
Wayne Hennessey is another man who will be hoping for game time for Palace on Tuesday evening, in a match the Selhurst Park crowd will be expecting them to win, and do so relatively comfortably too.