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Crystal Palace v Burnley: Hodgson forced into four changes as Townsend and Schlupp ruled out of Selhurst Park

By Conor O’Sullivan

Roy Hodgson has made four changes from the FA Cup third round defeat to Brighton as Crystal Palace return to Premier League action against Burnley.

Both Andros Townsend (ankle) and Jeffrey Schlupp (knee) are out with injury suffered at the Amex Stadium while Scott Dann, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mamadou Sakho, Joel Ward, Jason Puncheon and Connor Wickham are also injury absentees.

Luka Milivojevic captains the side in Dann and Puncheon’s absence with Hodgson pairing Christian Benteke and Bakary Sako up front in a 4-4-2 formation.

Palace have lost just once in 11 matches in the league with seventh place Burnley winning 2-0 in SE25 last season.

Palace: 4-4-2 Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, Kelly, Jairo Riedewald, Zaha, McArthur, Milivojevic (c), van Aanholt, Benteke, Sako.

Subs: Speroni, Cabaye, Lee, Souare, Kaikai, Delaney, Wan-Bissaka.

Burnely: 4-5-1 Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Cork, Hendrick, Defour, Barnes, Vokes.
Subs: Nkoudou, Walters, Westwood, Wells, Lindegaard, Lowton, Long.

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One thought on “Crystal Palace v Burnley: Hodgson forced into four changes as Townsend and Schlupp ruled out of Selhurst Park

  • Terry Burden

    Julian Speroni is a better goalkeeper than Wayne Hennessey. More alert, quicker feet and better mobility. However we do need a new goalkeeper and one that will be around for years to come.
    Whatever happened regarding signing Zoet. 24 years old and already an exceptional goalkeeper. Ignoring one major boob when he pulled the ball over his own line recently. I am an ex Crystal Palace Junior goalkeeper and would love to have another goalkeeper to cheer on for years to come.


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