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Team News: Wickham Makes First Start in 26 Months

27 January 2019

Connor Wickham has been handed a starting berth in attack for Crystal Palace as Roy Hodgson rings the changes for today's FA Cup fourth round tie with Tottenham Hotspur.

The striker is named in the starting line-up for the first time in 26 months following his knee injury against Swansea City in November 2016 as one of six changes from the side that lost 4-3 to Liverpool eight days ago.

Julian Speroni starts once again in goal, with Scott Dann, Martin Kelly and Joel Ward coming into the backline alongside Patrick van Aanholt, and Jeffrey Schlupp and Max Meyer starting in midfield where Cheikhou Kouyate retains his place, as do Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.

That means there are only four changes from the starting XI that beat Grimsby Town in the third round three weeks ago, with matchwinner Jordan Ayew included on a strong bench including Christian Benteke and Luka Milivojevic.

Tottenham meanwhile have made seven changes from the side that were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the semi-final stage by Chelsea, with Kieran Trippier, Lucas Moura and Davinson Sanchez getting the nod to start at Selhurst.

Palace: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Kelly, Van Aanholt, Meyer, Kouyate, Schlupp, Townsend, Zaha, Wickham. Subs: Tupper, Wan-Bissaka, Sakho, Riedewald, Milivojevic, Benteke, Ayew.

Tottenham: Gazzaniga, Foyth, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Trippier, Dier, Skipp, Walker-Peters, Moura, Nkoudou, Llorente. Subs: Lloris, Rose, Aurier, Winks, Wanyama, Sterling, Lamela.


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