Crystal piece Will do without goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey and midfielder James McCarthy against Brighton.
Hennessey suffered a thigh problem in the closing stages of the Wales Nations League win in Bulgaria, while McCarthy’s hamstring injury, sustained while serving internationally with the Republic of Ireland, will keep him out for up to three weeks.
Full-back Nathaniel Clyne has made a short-term return to the Eagles but couldn’t be as keen while Gary Cahill, James Tomkins, Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp have returned to full training. Defender Nathan Ferguson (knee) remains unavailable.
Brighton will give fitness tests to Tariq Lamptey and Aaron Connolly.
Full-back Lamptey will be back in training after a thigh problem at Everton on October 3rd, while forward Connolly struggled with wrists and necks while playing for the Republic of Ireland.
Midfielder Davy Propper (Achilles) is also rated, but Alireza Jahanbakhsh (thigh) is expected to be absent again, as are long-time absentees Christian Walton (ankle), Jose Izquierdo (knee) and Florin Andone (knee).
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- After their 1-0 win at Amex Stadium in February of last season, Crystal Palace aim to win the league against Brighton for the first time since September 2011.
- Brighton have lost just one of their top five away games against Crystal Palace (W2 D2) and lost 3-2 on their first visit to the Premier League in April 2018.
- Crystal Palace have won their first two Premier League games this season and have since lost the last two games of the competition by a total of 6-1.
- Brighton have lost their last two Premier League games, the last three in a row in November 2019. The Seagulls have scored at least three goals in each of their six Premier League losses since restarting the competition in June.
- Crystal Palace could not win any of their games in the Premier League on Sunday last season (D3 L3). The last such win in the competition came on the last day of the 2018/19 season (5-3 against Bournemouth).
- Crystal Palace has the oldest average starting age in the Premier League this season (29y 89d) while Brighton has the youngest (24y 326d).
- Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha has scored more goals against Brighton in all competitions than any other opponent (6).
- Brighton’s Neal Maupay has been directly involved in six goals in his last five Premier League games (4 goals, 2 assists), five of them in his last three. He wants to be the first player to score in four consecutive league games for Brighton since Tomer Hemed in February 2017 (5).
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