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Team News: Loftus-Cheek Handed First Start

22 July 2017

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been handed his first start for Crystal Palace in today’s Premier League Asia Trophy third-place play-off against West Bromwich Albion.

The summer recruit from Chelsea is included in the starting line-up for the game against the Baggies, and is one of three changes alongside Bakary Sako and Martin Kelly, who come in for Scott Dann, Keshi Anderson and Joel Ward. Meanwhile, Luka Milivojevic is expected to play as part of the three-man backline.

Tony Pulis has made just one change to the side that lost on penalties to Leicester City in the other semi-final, with Nacer Chadli included from the start in place of Claudio Yacob.

West Brom: Foster, Dawson, Evans, Hegazy, Nyom, Livermore, Chadli, Phillips, Rodriguez, Brunt, Rondon. Subs: Myhill, Robson-Kanu, Yacob, McClean, Harper, Roberts, Leko, Field, Wilson, O'Shea, Melbourne.

Palace: Hennessey, Milivojevic, Delaney, Kelly, Townsend, Puncheon, Loftus-Cheek, Schlupp, Zaha, Benteke, Sako. Subs: Speroni, Ward, Van Aanholt, Tomkins, Cabaye, Williams, Wan-Bissaka, Kirby, Phillips, Anderson, Ladapo.

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