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Team News: Gayle Starts Against Watford

27 September 2015


After a scoring a hat-trick in midweek, Dwight Gayle will start for Crystal Palace this afternoon as the Eagles take on Watford at Vicarage Road.

The striker will make his first league start of the campaign, as will two more of Palace's other changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur a week ago.

Wayne Hennessey is given the nod in goal ahead of Alex McCarthy, and Joe Ledley is preferred to James McArthur in midfield, whereas Scott Dann returns from injury to replace Damien Delaney.

Wilfried Zaha makes way for Gayle but is named on an Eagles bench that includes Jake Gray and Luke Croll, who could make their Premier League debuts should they come on.

Watford meanwhile are unchanged from the side that beat Newcastle United last weekend, with Adlene Guedioura named on the bench and is poised to face his former club.

Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Prodl, Cathcart, Anya, Jurado, Watson, Capoue, Abdi, Deeney, Ighalo. Subs: Arlauskis, Paredes, Ake, Guedioura, Berguis, Diamante, Ibarbo.

Palace: Hennessey, Kelly, Dann, Hangeland, Souare, Cabaye, McArthur, Puncheon, Sako, Bolasie, Gayle. Subs: McCarthy, Mariappa, Croll, McArthur, Gray, Zaha, Campbell.

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