Crystal Palace v Bournemouth line-ups: Sakho makes third Premier League start of the season

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Mamadou Sakho makes only his third Premier League start of the season in Crystal Palace’s home game against AFC Bournemouth tonight.

The Eagles have injuries in defence with Gary Cahill (knee), Scott Dann (ankle) and Joel Ward (groin). The latter is not expected back until 2020.

Crystal Palace v Liverpool, Premier League, Selhurst Park, 23 November 2019

Sakho replaced Dann in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Burnley and was always expected to slot into Palace’s back four in midweek.

Jeffrey Schlupp came off the bench to bag the second goal at Turf Moor but Andros Townsend is preferred down the left.

Palace were unbeaten in six Premier League matches before losing their last three in SE25 – although that was against quality opposition in the shape of Manchester City, Liverpool and Leicester.

The Eagles have scored just five goals in seven league matches in SE25 – although did run out 5-3 victors against Bournemouth at the end of last season.

Manager Roy Hodgson has never lost four successive Premier League home matches in his career.

Bournemouth have suffered three straight league reverses.

Crystal Palace: Guaita, Kelly, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Zaha, Townsend, Ayew. Subs: Hennessey, Schlupp, Benteke, Wickham, McCarthy, Camarasa, Riedewald.

Bournemouth: Ramsdale, Ake, Lerma, Solanke, Wilson, Groeneveld, Smith, Rico, Wilson, Billing, Mepham. Subs: Boruc, Francis, Gosling, Cook, Stacey, Fraser, Simpson.

PICTURES BY KEITH GILLARD

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