Confirmed: Crystal Palace v Aston Villa lineups - Sako and Grealish start

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Here is how Crystal Palace and Aston Villa will line up for this afternoon's clash.

Crystal Palace will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's 2-1 defeat to Arsenal as they take on Aston Villa at Selhurst Park this afternoon.

The Eagles were unlucky in their loss last weekend, but manager Alan Pardew will be confident that his side can hit straight back with a win today.

Pardew has handed a debut to summer signing Bakary Sako, who comes into the side in place of Yannick Bolasie out wide.

Glenn Murray leads the line in attack, whilst Pardew can also call upon the likes of Patrick Bamford and Dwight Gayle on the bench this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Villa also lost last weekend, slipping to a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester United.

Manager Tim Sherwood hasn't made too many chances to his side today, but playmaker Jack Grealish returns to the starting line-up for the first time this season having missed time through injury.

Striker Rudy Gestede starts in attack, and will be looking to replicate his success from the opening day of the season, where he scored the winning goal in the victory over Bournemouth.

The bench sees summer signings Mark Bunn, Adama Traore, Scott Sinclair, Jordan Ayew and Jordan Veretout all available to Sherwood if he needs them late in the game.

C. Palace lineup


  • Alex McCarthy
  • Scott Dann
  • Damien Delaney
  • Pape Souaré
  • Joel Ward
  • Yohan Cabaye
  • James McArthur
  • Jason Puncheon
  • Bakary Sako
  • Wilfried Zaha
  • Glenn Murray

Substitutes: Wayne Hennessey, Martin Kelly, Mile Jedinak, Lee Chung-yong, Jordon Mutch, Patrick Bamford, Dwight Gayle.

Aston Villa lineup


  • Brad Guzan
  • Jordan Amavi
  • Leandro Bacuna
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Micah Richards
  • Jack Grealish
  • Idrissa Gueye
  • Carlos Sánchez
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • Rudy Gestede

Substitutes: Mark Bunn, Nathan Baker, Alan Hutton, Scott Sinclair, Jordan Veretout, Jordan Ayew, Adama Traoré.

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