Crystal Palace v Burnley: Hodgson forced into four changes as Townsend and Schlupp ruled out of Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace's Bakary Sako rues a missed chance

By Conor O’Sullivan

Roy Hodgson has made four changes from the FA Cup third round defeat to Brighton as Crystal Palace return to Premier League action against Burnley.

Both Andros Townsend (ankle) and Jeffrey Schlupp (knee) are out with injury suffered at the Amex Stadium while Scott Dann, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mamadou Sakho, Joel Ward, Jason Puncheon and Connor Wickham are also injury absentees.

Luka Milivojevic captains the side in Dann and Puncheon’s absence with Hodgson pairing Christian Benteke and Bakary Sako up front in a 4-4-2 formation.

Palace have lost just once in 11 matches in the league with seventh place Burnley winning 2-0 in SE25 last season.

Palace: 4-4-2 Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Tomkins, Kelly, Jairo Riedewald, Zaha, McArthur, Milivojevic (c), van Aanholt, Benteke, Sako.

Subs: Speroni, Cabaye, Lee, Souare, Kaikai, Delaney, Wan-Bissaka.

Burnely: 4-5-1 Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Cork, Hendrick, Defour, Barnes, Vokes.
Subs: Nkoudou, Walters, Westwood, Wells, Lindegaard, Lowton, Long.

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