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Andone injured in warm-up as Guaita returns for Palace in Gameweek 30 opener

The “M23 derby” gets Gameweek 30 off and running.

Crystal Palace take on Brighton and Hove Albion in the first of seven Premier League matches to take place on Saturday. Kick-off at Selhurst Park is at 12:30 GMT.

The ten-man Seagulls won this match 3-1 in the reverse fixture back in December.

Roy Hodgson has made three changes to his starting XI from the side that beat Burnley in Gameweek 29, with James McArthur and Andros Townsend returning to the Palace line-up in place of the benched Max Meyer and Cheikhou Kouyate.

Vicente Guaita replaces Wayne Hennessey between the sticks, meanwhile, with the Welsh goalkeeper not even making the bench.

Palace look to be lining up in a 4-3-3 again with Townsend and Wilfried Zaha flanking Michy Batshuayi in attack, with Jeffrey Schlupp dropping back into central midfield.

Chris Hughton has, in a round-about way, named an unchanged Brighton side from the team that defeated Huddersfield Town last Saturday..

Florin Andone was initially named in the Seagulls’ starting XI but pulled up with an injury in the warm-up, so Glenn Murray is promoted off the bench.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Anthony Knockaert retain their starts on the wings in the face of some stiff competition.

The Eagles have scored in every league match in 2019, while only Manchester City have racked up more goals in the last eight Gameweeks.

Brighton have conceded two or more goals in each of their last five away league fixtures, meanwhile.

Crystal Palace XI (4-3-3): Guaita; Wan Bissaka, Dann, Tomkins, Van Aanholt; McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp; Townsend, Batshuayi, Zaha.

Brighton and Hove Albion XI (4-3-3): Ryan; Montoya, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Bissouma, Stephens, Pröpper; Knockaert, Murray, Jahanbakhsh.

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  1. drughi
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Fab and AWB CS disappeared fast, kinda relieving. Hate to lose CS late in the game

  2. Paul Psychic Octopus
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Fab, Schar and AWB clean sheets gone in a flash.

    Should usually start the striker over a defender, even if Jimi and Barnes have difficult games this week.

  3. Freshy
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    Here ya go Son crababies

  4. @fpl_phenom
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    2 months, 13 days ago

    if utd win 6-0 tomorrow they go 3rd 🙂