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Team News: Guaita to Make Premier League Debut

15 December 2018

Vicente Guaita will make his Premier League debut for Palace today against Leicester City, with Wayne Hennessey struggling with a back problem.

The Spaniard, who has featured three times for the Eagles in the Carabao Cup this season, will be between the posts as one of three changes by Roy Hodgson from last weekend’s 3-2 loss to West Ham United.

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The other two are enforced with James Tomkins and Wilfried Zaha suspended after picking up five bookings, with Martin Kelly and Jordan Ayew taking their places in the starting XI.

Meanwhile, there is a welcome return to the bench for Scott Dann who hasn’t been seen in a first-team squad since New Year’s Eve last year following his knee injury. Connor Wickham and Julian Speroni are also amongst the replacements.

Leicester have made four alterations to their team that lost 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur seven days ago, with star men Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire returning after missing the last few weeks through injury.

Two of the side that won the Premier League title two years ago are also reinstated by Claude Puel, with Christian Fuchs and Marc Albrighton starting. Jonny Evans, Ben Chilwell, Kelechi Iheanacho and Vicente Iborra the men to make way.

Palace: Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Meyer, Kouyaté, Milivojevic, McArthur, Townsend, Ayew. Subs: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Puncheon, Schlupp, Sørloth, Wickham.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Pereira, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton, Ndidi, Mendy, Gray, Maddison, Vardy. Subs: Ward, Simpson, Evans, Iborra, Ghezzal, Okazaki, Iheanacho.

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