CMS in line to return

The Argus: Craig Mackail-Smith at Palace last season Craig Mackail-Smith at Palace last season

Craig Mackail-Smith is in line for a return to the Albion starting line-up at Crystal Palace.

The Seagulls’ leading marksman was demoted to the bench for Tuesday’s 2-0 home win against Bristol City.

Mackail-Smith looked sharp after replacing Stephen Dobbie for the last half-hour and boss Gus Poyet is expected to turn to his nine-goal top scorer.

The Scottish international’s 11 goals for club and country last season included Albion’s early opener in the 3-1 defeat by Palace at The Amex.

Ashley Barnes is back in contention to start as well. He was also relegated to the bench against Bristol but did not get on.

Barnes has played a part in every other game this season and Poyet is likely to use him in his regular position away from home as a deep-lying, left-sided striker.

Barnes will not get the opportunity to repeat the penalty he scored to earn Albion a point in last season’s 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.

Poyet axed him from spot-kick duties after he had a second penalty this season saved in last Saturday’s stalemate against Bolton.

Top marksman Glenn Murray returns for Palace after serving a one-match suspension in the 0-0 draw at Hull City on Tuesday.

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1:14pm Sat 1 Dec 12

VegasSeagull says...

So do we have the services of Bridge or don't we, the next hour or so will answer that one.
CMS to start is not a surprise but does Barnes start, I think he should and will. El-Abd in for Dunk is another poser.
Hammond and Crofts to start or does one of them warm the bench, Hammond did score in our last.but I would like to see obth start the game.

I haven't got a clue how we will line up and I haven't got a lcue as to how this game will play out.
So do we have the services of Bridge or don't we, the next hour or so will answer that one. CMS to start is not a surprise but does Barnes start, I think he should and will. El-Abd in for Dunk is another poser. Hammond and Crofts to start or does one of them warm the bench, Hammond did score in our last.but I would like to see obth start the game. I haven't got a clue how we will line up and I haven't got a lcue as to how this game will play out. VegasSeagull

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