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Team News: Tomkins Makes First League Start

18 September 2016

James Tomkins is Crystal Palace’s only new face in their starting XI for today’s game against Stoke City, with the defender replacing Damien Delaney at centre-back.

The summer signing will make his first league start for the Eagles against the Potters, and is the only alteration to the Palace side that beat Middlesbrough 2-1 last Saturday, with Delaney dropping to the bench.

That also includes Bakary Sako who has returned from fitness and could make his first appearance of the season, and Connor Wickham also returns.

Stoke meanwhile make two alterations to their side that lost 4-0 to Tottenham eight days ago, with Glen Johnson returning from a lengthy injury to replace Erik Pieters, and Bojan replacing Giannelli Imbula as Joe Allen is pushed into a more defensive role.

Palace: Mandanda, Ward, Tomkins, Dann, Kelly, McArthur, Ledley, Zaha, Puncheon, Townsend, C. Benteke. Subs: Hennessey, Delaney, Fryers, Flamini, Lee, Sako, Wickham.

Stoke: Given, Johnson, Martins Indi, Shawcross, Cameron, Whelan, Allen, Walters, Bojan, Arnautovic, Bony. Subs: Grant, Bardsley, Pieters, Adam, Imbula, Diouf, Crouch.

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