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Team News: Ward Starts Against Watford

26 August 2018

Joel Ward will feature against Watford this afternoon at right-back in the only change to Crystal Palace’s line-up from their defeat against Liverpool on Monday night.

The Eagles’ record Premier League appearance maker will extend his total to 162 games today at Vicarage Road as a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who is suspended following his red card against the Reds earlier this week.

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That has freed up a spot on a strong bench which has been taken by Jairo Riedewald, with summer signings Vicente Guaita, Max Meyer, Cheikhou Kouyaté and Jordan Ayew all included.

Watford meanwhile are unchanged for the third successive game this term, having beaten Brighton and Hove Albion and Burnley in their first two matches.

That means that Troy Deeney and Andre Grey start up front again, while ex-Eagle Adrian Mariappa is on the bench.

Watford: Foster, Janmaat, Cathcart, Kabasele, Holebas, Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes, Pereyra, Deeney, Grey. Subs: Gomes, Femina, Masina, Prodl, Mariappa, Sema, Success.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Sakho, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, Townsend, Milivojevic, McArthur, Schlupp, Zaha, Benteke. Subs: Guaita, Kelly, Riedewald, Kouyaté, Meyer, Sørloth, Ayew.

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