Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace team news: Christian Benteke is not joined by his brother

MATHIEU FLAMINI is not starting for Crystal Palace as they travel to Middlesbrough

Jonthan Benteke will aslo not be starting this afternoon as his brother leads the line for the eagles.

But Pards denied claims he had signed Jonathan just to make Christian happy.

Jonathan Benteke
Jonathan Benteke wont be starting alongsidebrother Christian for Palace
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He said: “That is the sort of thing that gets reported when he see a brother turning up for a much lesser figure. But he is where he is in the football world.

"He is a young striker with natural talent and they are not easy to find. We checked him out and liked the look of him.

"It was an opportunity for us that he is so young and relatively cheap to take a chance on.

"And that is what he is really – a chance for us – and it just happens to be his brother."

Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1): Valdes; Barragan, Ayala, Gibson, Friend; Forshaw, Clayton; Stuani, Downing, Fischer; Negredo

Crystal Palace: Mandana; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare; McCarthur, Ledley; Zaha, Puncheon, Townsend; C Benteke

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