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Team News: Benteke Back At Brighton

28 November 2017

Ahead of the first meeting between Palace and Brighton and Hove Albion in four-and-a-half years, Roy Hodgson has made one change to his line-up, with Christian Benteke handed his first start since September.

The striker comes in for James McArthur, having made a huge impact from the bench at half-time on Saturday when the Eagles claimed a 2-1 win against Stoke City, in the only change to that starting XI with Andros Townsend reverting to his usual left wing berth.

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28 November 2017

Chris Hughton meanwhile has made two changes to his Seagulls team that lost 1-0 at Manchester United on Saturday, with left winger Jose Izqueirdo returning in place of Solly March, who drops to the bench.

There is also a change in defence with Gaetan Bong missing out on the derby, with Markus Suttner replacing him at left-back as part of a new partnership on that flank for the hosts.

Brighton: Ryan, Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Suttner, Knockaert, Gross, Stephens, Propper, March, Murray. Subs: Krul, Schelotto, Goldson, March, Kayal, Hemed, Brown.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Sakho, Tomkins, Schlupp, Loftus-Cheek, Milivojevic, Cabaye, Townsend, Zaha, Benteke. Subs: Speroni, Van Aanholt, Fosu-Mensah, Dann, Puncheon, McArthur, Sako.

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