Preview: No new injuries ahead of Crystal Palace

Albion are back in action this Monday night, travelling to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, kick-off 7.45pm. The Seagulls will be looking build on Sunday’s hard-fought point at home to Wolves at the Amex Stadium.

By Alex Stedman • 13 December 2019

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion head coach has no new injury concerns ahead of Monday evening.

Two goals in as many minutes from Neal Maupay and Davy Propper had cancelled out Diogo Jota’s opener for the visitors, before the Portuguese international fired his and Wolves’s second before the break to mean the spoils were shared.

Crystal Palace come into Monday’s televised game on Sky Sports off the back of a 0-0 draw away to Watford at Vicarage Road. Before that stalemate they were 1-0 winners over AFC Bournemouth at Selhurst Park thanks to Jeffrey Schlupp’s second half strike.


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Extended Highlights: Albion 2 Wolves 2

Team news...

Graham Potter confirmed that he has no new injury problems to report ahead of Monday’s game when he spoke to the media on Friday afternoon. A decision will be made on Aaron Connolly ahead of the contest, and Solly March will miss the game with Roy Hodgson's men.

Dale Stephens will miss the game through suspension after he picked up his fifth yellow card of the campaign last weekend against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.

In his pre-match press conference, the head coach said, "We're pretty much as we were ahead of Monday night. No new problems.

"Aaron Connolly is someone we'll be waiting on and will make a decision with nearer the game. Solly March will be more end of December or January time."

Monday's hosts will be without Patrick van Aanholt, Jeffrey Schlupp and Joel Ward. The Eagles' recognised full-backs are both currently sidelined through injury, with Schlupp also picking up an injury in the 0-0 draw with Watford on Saturday.

"Joel Ward of course is not available. Mamadou Sakho is suspended. Unfortunately there could be one or two others that get to that list but I'm not prepared to discuss that," Hodgson said.

"The doctors are not very willing to put timescales on the injuries but the injury is going to keep him [Jeffrey Schlupp] out for a period of time. There's no question of him just missing this one game and bouncing straight back. How long it will be I don't know. We'll have to wait and see."

By Paul Hazlewood
Dale Stephens will miss Monday's televised game with Crystal Palace.

Our last fixture…

Albion 2
Maupay (34)
Propper (36)

Wolves 2
Jota (28, 44)

Albion: Ryan (GK), Alzate, Dunk, Webster, Burn; Stephens, Propper, Mooy; Trossard (Jahanbakhsh 68), Maupay, Gross (Murray 68).

Subs not used: Button (GK), Duffy Bernardo, Montoya, Bissouma.

Their last fixture…

Watford 0

Crystal Palace 0

Crystal Palace line-up: Guaita (GK); Kelly, Tomkins, Cahill, Schlupp (Riedewald 45); Milivojevic, Kouyate (McCarthy 83), McArthur; Townsend (Benteke 73), Ayew, Zaha.

Subs not used: Hennessey (GK), Dann, Camarasa, Wickham.

The Crystal Palace player to watch…

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Crystal Palace striker Jordan Ayew.

Jordan Ayew has notched four times so far this season in the league, with his first coming in the 2-1 win away to Manchester United in August. He would score the only goal of the game seven days later at home to Aston Villa, as Roy Hodgson's men sealed a 1-0 win.

The Ghanian also found the back of the net in the matches away to both West Ham United and Arsenal in October. His strike against the Hammers sealed a 2-1 win across the capital three minutes from time, before he added to a Luka Miliojevic penalty in the second half at the Emirates Stadium to secure Palace a share of the spoils in north London. 

Christmas cracker at the Amex!