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Match Preview: Lamptey back training ahead of Palace

Albion return to league affairs with trip to Crystal Palace this weekend.

By Alex Stedman • 17 October 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Tariq Lamptey in action against Everton.

Albion are back in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon when they travel to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The side lost 4-2 away to league leaders Everton last time out at Goodison Park. Neal Maupay and Yves Bissouma were on target, but it wasn’t enough for Graham Potter’s men to get anything from the contest on Merseyside.

Palace sit three places and three points above Albion ahead of this weekend’s match.

Roy Hodgson’s men registered back-to-back league wins over Southampton and Manchester United to start the new season. Their last two matches have ended in defeat to Everton and Chelsea.

The match will recognise the Premier League's 'No Room For Racism' campaign, promoting the league's zero-tolerance attitude towards racism and highlighting their commitment to equality and diversity. 

The game will be shown live on Sky Sports, kick-off is at 2.00pm. 


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Highlights: Everton 4 Albion 2

Team news... 

Graham Potter provided the latest team news when he spoke to the media on Thursday.

He said, "Tariq Lamptey has trained today and we’ll see how he responds to that.

"Jose Izquierdo has been training with the group and we may see if he can get some more action for the under-23s this weekend. Davy Propper has trained this week too and we’ll make a decision over the weekend.

"There is a slight muscular problem with Alireza Jahanbakhsh that kept him out of the Everton game. He has not trained with the group this week. It is looking as though Palace might come too soon. We will see how it goes but we will certainly not rush. He's making progress but it could be more West Brom for him rather than Crystal Palace.

"We have no isolation concerns for the international lads. Aaron Connolly had a knock last night [Wednesday], so we’ll have to see how he recovers. 

"The South American lads are on their way back and they’ll all be back with us without any major concerns."

Our last league fixture…

Everton 4
Calvert-Lewin (16)
Mina (45)
Rodriguez (52, 70)

Albion 2
Maupay (41)
Bissouma (90)

Albion line-up: Ryan (GK); Lamptey (Veltman 45), White, Dunk, Webster, March; Bissouma, Alzate (Gross 82); Trossard, Maupay, Connolly (Lallana 66).

Subs not used: Steele (GK), Burn, Bernardo, Mac Allister.

Their last league fixture…

Chelsea 4
Chilwell (50)
Zouma (66)
Jorginho (78, 82)

C Palace 0

Crystal Palace line-up: Guaita (GK); Ward, Sahko, Kouyate, Mitchell; Eze, McCarthy (Milivojevic 67), McArthur (Riedewald 72), Townsend; Zaha, Ayew.

Subs not used: Hennessey, Dann, Kelly, Meyer, Benteke.

The Crystal Palace player to watch…

By Paul Hazlewood
Wilfried Zaha in action against Albion last season.

Wilfried Zaha has found the net three times already so far this season from his four Premier League matches.

The midfielder netted the decisive goal on the opening day against Southampton in the 1-0 win at Selhurst Park.

He was then on target twice more seven days later, as Palace recorded a 3-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Match officials…

Referee: Stuart Attwell. Assistants: Neil Davies, Marc Perry. Fourth official: Lee Mason.  

VAR: Kevin Friend. Assistant VAR: Simon Beck.