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Team News: Zaha Starts Against Chelsea

14 October 2017

Ahead of the visit of reigning Premier League champions Chelsea, Roy Hodgson has made four changes to his side, with Wilfried Zaha returning to the starting line-up for the first time since the opening day.

The winger has recovered from a knee injury to feature from the start as the Eagles look to turn their poor start around, and he comes into the team in place of Bakary Sako as Hodgson shuffles his pack following the 4-0 defeat to Manchester United.

Elsewhere in the starting XI, Julian Speroni has replaced the injured Wayne Hennessey in goal. The Welshman picked up a knock late on in Wales’ game against the Republic of Ireland on Monday night and hasn’t recovered in time to feature this afternoon, with Speroni making his first league appearance since May 2016.

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14 October 2017

Meanwhile, Scott Dann come into the heart of defence in place of Damien Delaney, and James McArthur is preferred in midfield to Jason Puncheon.

Chelsea meanwhile also make four changes to their team that lost 1-0 to Manchester City last time out, with Alvaro Morata failing to recover from his hamstring injury, meaning Michy Batshuayi deputises.

N’Golo Kante is out with a thigh injury sustained on international duty, allowing Willian a chance to impress, and David Luiz is available again following his suspension and comes into defence, alongside ex-Eagle Victor Moses who is given the nod ahead of Antonio Rudiger.

Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Cabaye, Schlupp, McArthur, Townsend, Zaha. Subs: Henry, Fosu-Mensah, Riedewald, Tomkins, Puncheon, Kaikai, Sako.

Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz, Moses, Bakayoko, Willian, Fabregas, Alonso, Hazard, Batshuayi. Subs: Caballero, Rudiger, Zappacosta, Christensen, Scott, Musonda, Pedro.

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