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Team News: GAK Graz v Crystal Palace

16 July 2014


Glenn Murray and Dwight Gayle start together up front for Crystal Palace tonight in the club's first pre-season friendly of the summer. 

The duo, who combined to devastating effect as substitutes in the 3-3 draw against Liverpool, will form Tony Pulis' strike partnership against GAK Graz. 

The last time the pair started a match together, Gayle rattled in five goals in a 6-0 demolition of Brentford's under-21 side.   

Pulis will be hoping for a similar showing from his front two in tonight's game, which kicks off at 6pm BST, as the Eagles look to get their summer programme off to a winning start. 

Development starlet Jerome Williams starts at left-back with Joel Ward suffering from a minor niggle, while Barry Bannan partners Joe Ledley in the centre of the Palace midfield after captain Mile Jedinak was given an extended summer break following his World Cup exploits with Australia. 

Welsh international goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey starts between the sticks, just as he did in the 2-2 draw against Fulham on the final day of the 2013/4 Premier League season.  

Crystal Palace starting XI: Hennessey, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Jerome Williams, Bolasie, Bannan, Ledley, Thomas, Murray, Gayle.


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