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Team News: Sako Starts Against Burnley

13 January 2018

Bakary Sako, Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke all included in the Crystal Palace line-up for today’s encounter with Burnley at Selhurst Park.

Roy Hodgson has made four changes from the team that lost 2-1 to Brighton and Hove Albion in the FA Cup third round on Monday night, with Sako handed his first league start since September, replacing the injured Andros Townsend.

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Meanwhile, Zaha and Benteke have overcome their knocks to participate against the Clarets, and Jairo Riedewald also starts with Yohan Cabaye and Jeffrey Schlupp dropping out, and James Tomkins returns in central defence ahead of Damien Delaney.

Sean Dyche has made three alterations to his starting XI that lost 4-1 to Manchester City in cup action last weekend, with James Tarkowski and Phil Bardsley returning in defence in place of Kevin Long and Matthew Lowton.

The other switch sees Steven Defour replace Ashley Westwood in midfield, while new signing Georges-Kevin Nkoudou is on the bench.

Palace: Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, Kelly, Van Aanholt, Zaha, Milivojevic, Riedewald, McArthur, Sako, Benteke. Subs: Speroni, Souare, Wan-Bissaka, Delaney, Cabaye, Lee, Kaikai.

Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Cork, Defour, Barnes, Hendrick, Vokes. Subs: Lindegaard, Lowton, Long, Westwood, Nkoudou, Walters, Wells.

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