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Palace Preview: Eagles’ away record faces stern Newcastle test

20 December 2019

Crystal Palace have the third highest total of away league wins in 2019, and in their penultimate travel of the year - even decade - Roy Hodgson’s men face a Newcastle United side unbeaten in the league at home since the first day of the season. It’s a fixture pitting skilled opponents.

The Magpies have turned St James’ Park into something of a fortress, defeating Manchester United and holding Manchester City to a draw there.

However, last year the Eagles broke them down to record a single-goal victory thanks to Luka Milivojevic converting a Wilfried Zaha-earned penalty. It was a textbook Palace win.

The south Londoners and Tynesiders currently sit close to one another in the table, with just one point separating the two teams.

A win for Palace would put them on 26 points - Tottenham Hotspur’s current total.

One man who will be on the Eagles’ mind as they travel north is Jonjo Shelvey - the Newcastle midfielder having netted three goals in his last three matches. Shelvey had been a doubt to face Palace, but it now appears the 27-year-old is fit to play having missed a recent game with Burnley.

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Team news

The Eagles are suffering from numerous injuries to their squad - especially in defence. Jairo Riedewald filled-in for the injured Patrick van Aanholt and Jeffrey Schlupp at left-back against Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday night, but had to be substituted at half-time with an injury of his own.

Gary Cahill and Andros Townsend missed the match as well.

Hodgson has now said that Van Aanholt is likely to be fit to play and that Scott Dann will have to be assessed pre-match.

SEE ALSO: Hodgson hopeful on Van Aanholt Newcastle return but Palace suffer another defensive setback

In defence, Newcastle’s Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark are unavailable. Midfielder Allan Saint-Maximin is also ruled-out. Steve Bruce has said Shelvey and Miguel Almirón "seemed okay" in training.

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Tactical overview

Newcastle rather religiously field a 5-4-1 formation and stick to this when out of possession. The results are clear to see - with no team in the table’s lower half having conceded fewer than Newcastle.

A fine shot-stopping ‘keeper in Martin Dúbravka supports the densely packed Newcastle backline, meaning the Eagles will have to find some luck in front of goal to break through and score.

Did you know?

The last five meetings between Newcastle and Palace have produced just five goals (three for Newcastle, two for Palace), with no side scoring more than once in that time. In fact, the match that immediately preceded this run saw more goals scored in one afternoon (Palace 5-1 Newcastle, November 2015).

How to follow

Palace Audio

Palace supporters all over the world can listen to live audio commentary of every Palace fixture in the 2019/20 season for as little as £1 per game on the official club app, mobile internet or on desktop.

Fans can buy a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49 per month or a 24-Hour Pass (for a single matchday) for £1.49, by clicking here

Find out more about Palace Audio here

Social media

You can check out our Instagram story for eye-catching footage of all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page will be bringing you up-to-the-minute match updates, stunning photos and more.

The official app

The official Palace app’s match centre is the place to be for everything you need during the Newcastle clash. With live stats and alerts, a running match commentary feed and lineups the moment they’re released as well as all an instant match report and post-match reaction from Palace TV, there’s no need to leave the app to follow the Eagles’ efforts.

Download our app for free here!

International fans

For fans following from abroad, have a look at our Worldwide TV Listings here. And if you're wondering where the nearest official fan club is to you, you can click here to find out.

Did you know you can become an International Member from just £45 and receive benefits such as guaranteed tickets for any home league game and exclusive live Palace TV streams for selected games? You can - by buying here!

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Match Reports

Palace lose first game in five despite dominant performance against Newcastle

21 December 2019

Roy Hodgson's side can feel disappointed with this afternoon's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United, with the Eagles dominating the 90 minutes at St James' Park.

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In summary

  • Scott Dann out for the remainder of the year. Kouyaté drops to centre-back
  • James McCarthy comes in. Patrick van Aanholt returns
  • Isaac Hayden rounded Vicente Guaita on six minutes but slipped as he looked like he was about to open the scoring
  • Wilfried Zaha forces good save from Dúbravka on 40 minutes after James McArthur and Christian Benteke worked the opening well
  • Luka Milivojević goes close with free-kick just before half-time
  • HT: 0-0
  • Palace start second-half well – clipped McArthur effort goes just over
  • McArthur has several other decent chances with Palace dominating possession 
  • Last-ditch James Tomkins tackle on Joelinton prevents Magpies taking the lead against the run of play on 67 minutes
  • Miguel Almirón gives Newcastle the lead on 83 minutes
  • FT: 1-0

Crystal Palace started like the home team at St James’ Park with the opening five minutes seeing the Eagles dominate possession in the middle of the park - Jordan Ayew and Christian Benteke’s hold-up play particularly impressive and noticeable.

Despite controlling the start of the game, it was in fact Newcastle United that came closest to scoring in the opening few minutes: Jonjo Shelvey finding his way in to the game with several pinpoint passes and deft control and touches eventually resulted in Isaac Hayden going clean through on six minutes.

Just as the majority of St James’ Park rose in expectation, with Hayden looking like he had rounded Guaita, Mother Nature was on Palace’s side with the wet conditions resulting in the Magpies midfielder slipping just as he looked to slot in to a more or less open goal.

The first-half was falling in to a pattern: Palace dictacting the tempo but Newcastle having the opportunities in front of goal. Steve Bruce’s side’s next chance arrived in the 14th minute when Miguel Almirón bundled his way past Martin Kelly just inside the box but the Paraguayan’s curled effort was easily held by Guaita.

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The flow of the game didn’t look like it was going to alter in the first-half with Newcastle’s next strike on target arriving in the 24th minute following further Palace possession – a speculative 25-yarder from Florian Lejeune testing Guaita due to the wet conditions rather than the fierceness of the strike.

Palace’s first chance of the game arrived a third in to the game, with an inviting cross from Van Aanholt finding the head of Christian Benteke. However, the striker’s header bounced just wide of Martin Dúbravka’s goal.

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The effort from Benteke provoked further Palace pressure. A well-worked move on the edge of the box between McArthur and Benteke released Zaha inside the right channel of the Magpies’ penalty box. Zaha’s low, hard effort forced a good save from Dúbravka as the Eagles pushed for the opener before half-time. And it so nearly came from the captain Milivojević with a free-kick that looked to have Dúbravka troubled but curled just past the post.

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Palace carried on where they ended the first-half, with Van Aanholt cutting the Magpies’ defence apart with an incisive pass through to McArthur. However, the midfielder’s attempted deft chip over Dúbravka clipped the ‘keeper and landed just over the bar.

Palace continued to play intricate, well-controlled football that tended to result in McArthur having an effort on goal. The Scotsman started the next exciting exploit forward: a long-range pass picking out a clever off the ball run from Van Aanholt behind Javier Manquillo. Van Aanholt turned back to find Zaha who created a neat opening for McArthur, however the midfielder was losing his footing just as he looked to fire home and the ball trickled through to Dúbravka.

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Palace’s continued pressure saw Steve Bruce try to stem the flow of the Eagles by bringing on Sean Longstaff for Hayden on 64 minutes. And three minutes later the personnel change almost paid dividends with Joelinton going through, however, as he has done so often in his Palace career, James Tomkins made an immaculate last-ditch tackle to thwart the danger.

Former Eagle Dwight Gayle entered the fray on 77 minutes for Newcastle as Bruce continued to try and find a way to tip the balance of the game in his Magpies' favour. And six minutes later Geordies had the lead through Almirón, who blasted home from the centre of the box on 83 minutes.

Hodgson responded to going a goal down by bringing on Max Meyer for McArthur, with the German instrumental in earning Palace a point earlier in the week against Brighton & Hove Albion when he entered proceedings. However, it wasn't to be for Palace who return to south London without anything to show for their dominant display.

Palace: Guaita, Kelly, Kouyate, Tomkins, Van Aanholt, McCarthy, McArthur [Meyer 86], Milivojevic, Zaha, Benteke, Ayew.

Subs Not Used: Hennessey, Woods, Daly, Pierrick, Riedewald, Wickham.

Newcastle: Dúbravka, Dummett, Fernández, Schär, Manquillo, Joelinton [Gayle 77], Hayden [S. Longstaff 64], Shelvey, Almirón [Yedlin 90+1], Lejeune, Carroll.

Subs Not Used: Darlow, Krafth, M.Longstaff, Atsu.

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Ticket News

Newcastle United away on sale now

4 November 2019

Tickets for Crystal Palace's clash against Newcastle United at St James' Park on 21st December (kick-off 3pm GMT) are now on sale, with the various phases of when Eagles can secure their seat.

Selling order is as follows:

10am Friday 1st November - Away Season Ticket Holders 

10am Monday 4th November – Season Ticket holders and paid Members with 3000+ Loyalty Points

10am Tuesday 5th November - Season Ticket holders – No Loyalty Points requirement

10am Wednesday 6th November - Paid Members – No Loyalty Points requirement

10am Thursday 7th November – Season Ticket Holders and paid Members can book an additional ticket (maximum of 2 tickets)

Ticket prices:

Adults: £30

Over-65s: £23

Full-Time Students: £23

Under-18s £17

Ambulant & Wheelchair Disabled: £15

Coach Travel:

06:00am departure

£33 per ticket

You can buy your match tickets online by clicking here, by calling 0871 200 0071 or by visiting the Box Office at Selhurst Park.

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