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Preview: Stephens back in the fold for Palace clash

Albion are back in Premier League action on home soil on Saturday when they host Crystal Palace the Amex Stadium, kick-off 12.30pm.

By Alex Stedman • 27 February 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Dale Stephens is fit for selection ahead of Crystal Palace this weekend.

The Seagulls drew 1-1 with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane last Saturday to stretch their unbeaten run to three matches.

Graham Potter’s men levelled through Neal Maupay’s eighth goal of the season, the Frenchman meeting Adam Webster’s knockdown at the near post to cancel out Enda Stevens’ opener four minutes earlier.

Crystal Palace were 1-0 winners over Newcastle United at Selhurst Park thanks to a free-kick from defender Patrick Van Aanholt – their first league win of 2020.  

By Paul Hazlewood
Neal Maupay celebrates equalising for Albion last weekend.

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Graham Potter confirmed that Dale Stephens is fit and available for this weekend's game when he met the media on Thursday afternoon. Jose Izquierdo remains the only Albion player sidelined through injury.

Saturday’s visitors will be without the defensive trio of James Tomkins, Mamadou Sahko and Jeffrey Schlupp.

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Highlights: Sheffield United 1 Albion 1

Our last fixture…

Sheffield United 1
Stevens (26)

Albion 1
Maupay (30)

Albion line-up: Ryan (GK); Schelotto (Connolly 75), Webster, Dunk, Duffy, Burn; Propper, Bissouma, Mooy; Maupay (Bernardo 89), Murray (Trossard 75).

Subs not used: Button (GK); Gross, March, Jahanbakhsh,

Their last fixture…

Crystal Palace 1
Van Aanholt (44)

Newcastle Utd 0

Crystal Palace line-up: Guaita (GK); Ward, Dann, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Kouyate (Riedewald 89), McArthur, McCarthy; Ayew, Benteke (Tosun 89), Zaha.

Subs not used: Hennessey (GK), Kelly, Meyer, Townsend, Pierrick.

The Crystal Palace player to watch…

By Paul Hazlewood
Jordan Ayew contests possession with Davy Propper back in December.

Jordan Ayew is Palace's top scorer so far this season with six goals. The Ghanian striker’s first came in 2-1 win away to Manchester United in August. Ayew then notched the only goal of the game seven days later at home to Aston Villa.

He found the back of the net in the matches away to both West Ham United and Arsenal in October, before netting on home soil against the same two sides on Boxing Day and 11th January.

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