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Team News: Two Return For Palace

14 May 2017

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has been boosted ahead of today’s crunch game with Hull City by the return of Yohan Cabaye and James Tomkins.

The duo, which have missed the last few matches through injury, are included in the Eagles’ starting XI to face the Tigers, knowing that avoiding defeat will clinch their Premier League safety. James McArthur and Patrick van Aanholt make way for the returning pair and drop to the bench.

Marco Silva also makes two alterations to his line-up after the Tigers’ 2-0 home defeat to Sunderland last Saturday, including a tactical switch to a three-man defence with captain Michael Dawson coming in as the third centre-back.

He replaces Abel Hernandez, while Evandro comes in for injury victim Lazar Markovic as the visitors opt for a 3-5-2 shape.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Tomkins, Kelly, Schlupp, Cabaye, Milivojevic, Zaha, Puncheon, Townsend, C. Benteke. Subs: Speroni, Van Aanholt, Delaney, Flamini, McArthur, Sako, Campbell.

Hull City: Jakupovic, Robertson, Ranocchia, Dawson, Maguire, Elmohamady, N’Diaye, Clucas, Evandro, Grosicki, Niasse. Subs: Marshall, Elabdellaoui, Davies, Huddlestone, Maloney, Mbokani, Bowen.

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