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Crystal Palace XI vs Brighton: Starting lineup, confirmed team news, injury & Covid latest for Premier League

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 6 days ago Jonathan Gorrie
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Crystal Palace battle Brighton tonight as an unusual derby takes centre stage once again in the Premier League.

Eagles boss Patrick Vieira is missing some key players due to the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon but has talked talked up the importance of the fixture, viewing it as a chance to build further momentum amid what has been a promising first season thus far.

Sadly for the Frenchman, both James Tomkins and James McArthur continue to miss out, although there has been some good news in that Nathan Ferguson will be part of the squad who travel at least as he builds up to a long-awaited debut. On the bench for tonight, Michael Olise is handed a start.

Wilfried Zaha, Jordan Ayew and Cheikhou Kouyate are all at AFCON, which should allow the likes of Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze to continue to stake their respective starting claims.

Goalkeeper Vicente Guaita faced a late fitness test and will be on the bench. .

Crystal Palace predicted XI: Butland, Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Hughes, Schlupp, Gallagher, Eze, Olise, Edouard

Venue: Amex Stadium

Kick-off: 8pm GMT, Friday January 14 2022

Official: Jared Gillett

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