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Team News: Batshuayi Earns First Start v Doncaster

17 February 2019

Roy Hodgson has named his starting lineup for Crystal Palace's clash with Doncaster Rovers today, making six changes from their last league match and four from the Eagles' FA Cup win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Hodgson is fielding a talented side, handing a first start in red and blue to Michy Batshuayi, who joins Andros Townsend and Jordan Ayew leading the forward line.

At the other end of the pitch, Wayne Hennessey will feature for the first time since Palace lost to Watford in mid-January whilst in front of him will be the same back-four that guarded the net successfully against Spurs.

On the bench, Sam Woods has been called up having made his first-team debut in the League Cup against Middlesbrough at the end of October and Cheikhou Kouyate and James Tomkins have been recalled following injury.

Doncaster have made two changes to their lineup since a recent win over Southend United. Matty Blair has replaced Aaron Lewis in defence and Alfie May is in for Mallik Wilks up top.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Dann, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Meyer, Schlupp, Townsend, Ayew, Batshuayi.

Subs: Guaita, Woods, Tomkins, Riedewald, Kouyate, McArthur, Benteke.

Doncaster: Marosi, Blair, Downing, Anderson, Andrew, Whiteman, Kane, Crawford, May, Marquis, Coppinger.

Subs: Jones, Wright, Butler, Rowe, Sadlier, Boocock, Lewis.


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