Crystal Palace v Everton: Zaha on bench for Eagles as none of their new signings start Premier League opener

BY SAM SMITH

Wilfried Zaha has been named as a substitute for Crystal Palace’s opening Premier League game against Everton.

Roy Hodgson has named an unchanged starting 11 from the 4-0 friendly defeat to Hertha Berlin last weekend.

It means Jordan Ayew partners Christian Benteke up front in a 4-4-2, while Max Meyer earns a start after an excellent pre-season.

Crystal Palace v Everton, Premier League, Selhurst Park, 10 August 2019 Photo by Keith Gillard

Zaha, who was the subject of a bid by the Toffees and handed in a transfer request on Wednesday, is in a matchday squad for the first time since the final game of last season having not featured in any of the Eagles’ friendlies.

Palace’s three new outfield signings – James McCarthy, Gary Cahill and Victor Camarasa are also in reserve should Hodgson turn to them.

Palace (4-4-2): Guaita, Ward, Dann, Kelly, Van Aanholt, Townsend, Milivojevic, McArthur, Meyer, Ayew, Benteke. Subs: Hennessey, Kouyate, Zaha, Wickham, McCarthy, Camarasa, Cahill.

Everton: Pickford, Keane, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin, Sigurdsson, Digne, Mina, Schneiderlin, Bernard, Gomes, Coleman. Subs: Lossl, Holgate, Walcott, Tosun, Gbamin, Davies, Kean.

Crystal Palace v Everton, Premier League, Selhurst Park, 10 August 2019

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