Match Previews

Crystal Palace team news: Bissouma to be assessed

All the team news and facts ahead of Monday night's Premier League fixture.

By Charlie Hanson • 27 September 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Yves Bissouma was substituted in the second half against Leicester City.

Albion head to Crystal Palace on Monday night looking to make it three consecutive away wins for the first time in their Premier League history.

Victories over Burnley and Brentford have equalled the club's best top-flight run on the road, having also won back-to-back games in October-November 2017 (at West Ham and Swansea City) and January-February 2021 (at Leeds United and Liverpool). 

The wins this season have been part of a run of four victories from Albion’s opening five league games, seeing the side sit seven points better off at this stage than in any of their other four seasons in the Premier League.

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PL Highlights: Brentford 0 Albion 1

Palace, on the other hand, have had a mixed start results-wise since the appointment of Patrick Vieira in the summer – winning one, drawing two and losing two. 

Their one victory was particularly impressive as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0, before losing by the same scoreline to Liverpool last weekend, although Reds boss Jurgen Klopp did say after the game that, “It was one of the most hard fought 3-0 wins I’ve ever seen.”

Tickets for the 8pm kick-off have sold out, but the game is being shown live on Sky Sports.

Team news

Graham Potter said, “Hopefully Yves Bissouma can train on Saturday.

"Adam Webster won't be available on Monday. Alexis [Mac Allister] was just sore from a knee in the back, while with Enock [Mwepu] we will have to give him today and tomorrow to see where he is."

"Tariq [Lamptey] had a long time out. We're delighted with his 45 minutes against Swansea. He looked strong, but we need to be careful with him, he will be in the squad [to face Palace]."

Our last meeting

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PL Highlights: Albion 1 Crystal Palace 2

While the pair’s last meeting at Selhurst Park ended in a 1-1 draw thanks to Alexis Mac Allister’s late equaliser, the two sides played each other more recently at the Amex.

Christian Benteke’s last-minute strike sealed all three points for the Eagles after Jean-Philippe Mateta had back-heeled the visitors into the lead, before Joel Veltman equalised with his first Albion goal.

Albion were stung as they went in search of a late winner though, as Andros Townsend crossed for Benteke to fire home in the 95th minute, ensured the bragging rights returned to south London.

Crystal Palace player to watch

By Paul Hazlewood
Wilfried Zaha has one Premier League goal so far this campaign.

While new signings Conor Gallagher and Odsonne Edouard have made good early impressions, it would be foolish to suggest anyone other than Wilfried Zaha is Palace’s star man. The 28-year-old scored 11 Premier League goals last season and could make his 400th Palace appearance should he play against Albion.

Match officials

Referee: Andre Marriner. 

Assistants: Simon Long, Scott Ledger. 

Fourth official: Kevin Friend. 

VAR: Chris Kavanagh. 

Assistant VAR: Nick Hopton.