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Team News: Sako To Make Debut

22 August 2015


Bakary Sako is set to make his Crystal Palace debut in this afternoon's game against Aston Villa.

The winger was signed on a free transfer just over a fortnight ago and after gaining some match fitness with the club's development team in recent weeks has been handed a first start for the Eagles by Alan Pardew today, selected ahead of Yannick Bolasie.

That is one of two changes to the Palace side that lost 2-1 to Arsenal six days ago, with Glenn Murray replacing Connor Wickham up front.

Villa meanwhile have handed a first game of the season to Jack Grealish who has recovered from injury to play in this game.

He comes in for Jordan Ayew, while Carlos Sanchez is preferred to Jordan Veretout and Rudy Gestede replaces of Scott Sinclair.

Palace: McCarthy, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, McArthur, Cabaye, Zaha, Puncheon, Sako, Murray. Substitutes: Hennessey, Kelly, Jedinak, Mutch, Lee, Bamford, Gayle.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Richards, Clark, Amavi, Gueye, Westwood, Sanchez, Grealish, Agbonlahor, Gestede. Subs: Bunn, Baker, Hutton, Veretout, Traore, Sinclair, Ayew.


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