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Team News: Three Changes for City Clash

22 December 2018

Roy Hodgson has made three changes to his Palace team for today’s game against Manchester City, with Wilfried Zaha, James Tomkins and Jeffrey Schlupp starting at the Etihad Stadium.

Zaha and Tomkins were suspended for last weekend’s 1-0 win against Leicester City so have been restored to the line-up, while Schlupp is handed a start following Cheikhou Kouyaté’s injury picked up against the Foxes.

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Vicente Guaita remains in goal with Wayne Hennessey still struggling with a back issue, while Jordan Ayew drops to the bench.

Pep Guardiola meanwhile has made two changes from the team that beat Everton 3-1 in their last league game, with England stars Raheem Sterling and John Stones returning to the starting XI.

Guardiola has resisted the temptation to hand starts to Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero who featured in the Carabao Cup penalty shootout success against Leicester City In midweek, but the duo are named on a very strong bench that also includes Riyad Mahrez.

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Stones, Delph, B. Silva, Gundogan, Sterling, Sane, Jesus. Subs: Muric, Danilo, Zinchenko, Foden, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Aguero.

Palace: Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp, Meyer, Townsend, Zaha. Subs: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Riedewald, Puncheon, Ayew, Sørloth.

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