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Crystal Palace team news: Dunk and Mwepu out

Albion face Crystal Palace on Friday evening at the Amex.

By Charlie Hanson • 13 January 2022

By Paul Hazlewood
Enock Mwepu had to be substituted early in the first half against West Brom last weekend.

Albion play their first home game of 2022 on Friday as they take on Crystal Palace, kick-off 8pm.

Although tickets have sold out for the fixture, the ticket exchange is now open.

It’s been a good start to the New Year for Albion, who have won both of their games – 3-2 at Everton in the Premier League and 2-1 at West Brom in the FA Cup.

The victory over the Toffees means Albion sit five points better off after 19 games than at any other stage in their Premier League history. A victory over Palace could move Albion into the top eight.

Patrick Vieira’s men have 23 points from 20 games and have had a good campaign so far under the Frenchman.

The former Arsenal and Inter Milan midfielder has guided his side to impressive wins over Manchester City and Tottenham but five defeats in their last eight games has seen them slip down the table.

Team news

By Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk hasn't played for Albion since the 1-1 draw at West Ham United.

Albion boss Graham Potter confirmed that Enock Mwepu will miss Friday’s game with a hamstring injury, while Lewis Dunk will hopefully be training with the squad on Sunday, the first time since suffering a knee injury against West Ham on 1 December.

The head coach said, "Lewis Dunk wont be involved in the game against Palace, it’s come too soon for him. But we’re hoping he will be training with the team on Sunday. We will see if he’s available for the Chelsea game, but we need to see how he goes."

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PL Highlights: Crystal Palace 1 Albion 1

Palace were set to secure all three points at Selhurst Park in September thanks to Wilfried Zaha’s first-half penalty, but Neal Maupay struck in the fifth minute of added time, cleverly lobbing Vicente Guaita to send the away end into raptures and secure a 1-1 draw.

Palace player to watch

By Paul Hazlewood
Conor Gallagher has been directly involved in nine Premier League goals so far this season.

Conor Gallagher’s impressive progress has seen the 21-year-old make his senior England debut, coming on as a substitute in the 10-0 win over San Marino in a World Cup qualifier in November. On loan from Chelsea, the midfielder is Palace’s top scorer with six goals and has also contributed three assists in 17 Premier League appearances.

Match officials

Referee: Robert Jones.

Assistants: Adam Nunn, James Mainwaring.

Fourth official: Peter Bankes.

VAR: Stuart Attwell.

Assistant VAR: Ian Hussin.