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Team News: Benteke To Make League Debut

27 August 2016


Christian Benteke has been handed his first league start for Crystal Palace this afternoon against Bournemouth as Alan Pardew makes four changes from the side that lost 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.

The striker replaces Wilfried Zaha who drops to the bench, whilst there is also a league debut for Steve Mandanda who comes in ahead of Wayne Hennessey.

James McArthur is has been deemed fit to start and takes the place of Chung-yong Lee, and after also getting some minutes under his belt in the midweek EFL Cup win against Blackpool, Yohan Cabaye also gets the nod ahead of Joe Ledley.

Bournemouth meanwhile have named an unchanged side from the one that lost 1-0 to West Ham United last Sunday, meaning there is no place for recent signing Marc Wilson who scored in their EFL Cup success against Morecambe.

Palace: Mandanda, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, McArthur, Puncheon, Cabaye, Townsend, Wickham, Benteke. Subs: Speroni, Tomkins, Kelly, Ledley, Boateng, Lee, Zaha.

Bournemouth: Boruc, A. Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Surman, Arter, Fraser, Ibe, King, Wilson. Subs: Federici, B. Smith, Ake, Gosling, Gradel, Afobe, Grabban.

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