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Team News: Benteke Starts Against Fulham

2 February 2019

Christian Benteke has been handed his first start since September as Palace take on Fulham at Selhurst Park this afternoon.

The Belgian striker replaces Wilfried Zaha who is suspended following his red card against Southampton in midweek in one of two changes from the side that earned a 1-1 draw against the Saints.

The other sees Jeffrey Schlupp come into the team in place of Cheikhou Kouyate who injured an ankle at St Mary's, while included on the bench is deadline day arrival Michy Batshuayi as well as Bakary Sako, who could make his first appearance since re-signing with the club last month.

Fulham meanwhile have made one change to their starting line-up that came from behind to beat Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday, which sees Tom Cairney replace Andre Schurrle who misses out completely.

Palace: Guaita, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Townsend, Milivojevic, McArthur, Schlupp, Ayew, Benteke. Subs: Hennessey, Kelly, Dann, Riedewald, Meyer, Sako, Batshuayi.

Fulham: Rico, Odoi, Le Marchand, Ream, Christie, Chambers, Seri, Bryan, Cairney, Babel, Mitrovic. Subs: Fabri, Fosu-Mensah, Cisse, Ayite, Kebano, Sessegnon, Vietto.

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