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Palace Preview: Find out Newcastle’s eye-catching away defensive record

20 February 2020

Crystal Palace return from the first winter break to face Newcastle United this Saturday, with the Magpies currently in a hit-and-miss patch of form.

Steve Bruce’s charges enjoyed an eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions until last Sunday, when they fell 4-0 to Arsenal. Newcastle have recently beaten Chelsea and drawn with both Everton and Wolves, but they have also been held to a draw against Norwich City, Rochdale and Oxford United respectively.

Their collection of six points from four league games, however, has translated into success in the table; with the Magpies currently sitting in 13th place on 31 points - just one position and one point ahead of the Eagles.

That said, Newcastle have sat near the top of the table’s bottom half for most of this season, with their only notable dip in form coming between Boxing Day and New Year’s.

The Selhurst clash this weekend therefore becomes a significant meeting, with three points enough to lift either side above Southampton in 12th. Victory for Palace would put them just one point outside the top 10.

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Newcastle have been somewhat hamstrung on the road this season, conceding the most away goals of any Premier League side in 2019/20. Having seen their net bulge 28 times, the Magpies have shipped two more goals than the next leakiest side: Aston Villa, who currently sit just outside the relegation zone.

Palace fans will hold fond memories of Palace’s most recent stand-out home triumph against Newcastle, when Alan Pardew led the south Londoners to a 5-1 hammering over his former club.

Netting that day was James McArthur, Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha - with three of the day’s five goals netted by the pair still at the club.

Did you know?

Newcastle are without a goal in their last two league games, last going three without netting in January 2016. The Magpies also conceded more goals in their last game (0-4 v Arsenal) than they had in their previous four league games combined (three).

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Tactical overview

Despite playing just 15 of Newcastle’s 26 Premier League games this season, Jonjo Shelvey has scored more goals (five) and created more chances (27) than any other player at the club this season.

Shelvey has been sidelined by injury lately, however the playmaker was thought to be in contention to face Arsenal on Sunday. He is expected to be back to face Palace, so the Eagles will have to be wary of the threat he poses.

Typically, the Magpies field a 5-4-1 formation - with the fullbacks, naturally, operating in an attacking role. The upcoming clash is likely to see Danny Rose feature, with the 29-year-old moving north on loan from Tottenham Hotspur in January.

Team news

Palace fans will have been glad to see Mamadou Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp and Cenk Tosun training together in Dubai over the winter break. Tosun is fit and ready to play.

Against Everton, Martin Kelly was unavailable after picking up a “slight calf strain” the week before. James Tomkins left the pitch injured against the Toffees and will not be available to play.

Newcastle have a host of injury concerns, including: Andy Carroll, Emil Krafth, Javier Manquillo, Jetro Willems, Ciaran Clark, Christian Atsu (illness) and Paul Dummet. Yoshinori Muto and Dwight Gayle were possibilities to miss the game, but Bruce has confirmed the pair are fit to play.

The Magpies will be hoping for Carroll to be available alongside Shelvey and Joelinton, who has a "sore thigh".

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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

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You can check out our Instagram story for eye-catching footage of all of the pre-match build-up and our official Twitter page is 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.

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Match Reports

Van Aanholt moment of magic earns Palace deserved win

22 February 2020

Crystal Palace went to St James’ Park back in December and dominated Newcastle United but somehow left without anything to show for their efforts. Today, Roy Hodgson’s side righted the wrongs of that day with a dominant and impressive 90 minutes culminating in a 1-0 win over the Magpies.

In summary:

  • Luka Milivojević and James Tomkins replaced by Scott Dann and Cheikhou Kouyaté
  • Gary Cahill and Dann force Martin Dúbravka in to two world-class saves
  • Sensational Patrick van Aanholt free-kick on stroke of half-time gives Palace the lead
  • HT: 1-0
  • Ayew hits post immediately after half-time
  • Vicente Guaita saves superbly from Federico Fernández
  • Valentino Lazao sent-off in final minute
  • FT: 1-0

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The first few minutes were open, with both teams’ sets of fans sensing an early goal was on offer. Firstly, Joelinton found himself in a dangerous position in front of Guaita’s goal but the striker’s delay in getting a shot off allowed Cahill and Dann to close him down and escorting him away from danger, when a more promising outcome for the Magpies seemed likely.

The Eagles retaliated with two back-to-back chances - the first coming courtesy of Ayew yet again demonstrating his underrated technical ability, controlling the ball out of the air, and driving down the right-hand side – a deep cross found Wilfried Zaha flying in at the back post but the effort ended up in a Palace corner.

James McCarthy floated in the resulting corner kick, deep and high, which was met perfectly by an onrushing Cahill, whose impressive header resulted in Dúbravka pulling off an equally impressive save to his top right-hand side.

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If the first five minutes suggested an open affair, the next 10 went against that and Roy Hodgson’s side went close on three further occasions – each time, Dúbravka showcasing his talents.

Another Ayew Goal of the Season contender almost arrived, with a turn similar to the one the forward pulled off during his West Ham ‘madness.’ Then Christian Benteke saw the goal open up in front of him but a late recovery block almost looped the ball over Dúbravka’s head.

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The resulting corner produced a near carbon copy moment of the Cahill chance earlier, only this time it was Dann forcing Dúbravka in to another remarkable save.

Not content on seeing Dúbravka taking all the goalkeeping plaudits for the afternoon, Guaita then pulled off a sensational acrobatic effort from a long-range Joelinton strike, as the Magpies looked to make an imprint on the game.

Just as it looked like Newcastle would escape Palace’s dominance with a half-time whistle, Van Aanholt sent the onlooking Eagles in to hysteria with a sensational free-kick on 45 minutes, which was no more than the famous red and blue deserved.

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The 15-minute breather did nothing to calm Newcastle or stifle the wave of optimism surging through the Eagles with Ayew striking the post just two minutes into the second-half.  

It took until 20 minutes in to the second-half for Newcastle to start look threatening again, with Fernández’s long-range effort, off the back of a sustained period of pressure for Steve Bruce’s side, drawing a superb tip over from Guaita.

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As Newcastle pushed for the equaliser – Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie thrown on for the final 20 minutes – space was opening up for the Eagles. And when Zaha fired a low cross into the box and found and unmarked Ayew, it looked like Palace were about to kill off the Magpies.

With time on his side, Ayew controlled well, steadied himself and then fired towards goal. However, as he was so often this afternoon, Dúbravka seemed to defy logic by saving the effort. 

The second-half began to drift, tensions rising and several players finding themselves in the book - Joelinton taking undeserved angst with Zaha.

Five minutes of injury time was the outcome of several moments of bad blood between the Eagles and the Magpies - with the visitors afternoon epitomised by Lazaro receiving a red card in the final minute for a cynical foul on Zaha as he raced through.

Although Palace deserved more than just Van Aanholt's wonder-goal, it was a great performance from Hodgson's boys.

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Dann, Cahill, Ward, McArthur, Kouyaté (Riedewald 89), McCarthy, Ayew, Zaha, Benteke (Tosun 89).

Subs Not Used: Hennessey, Kelly, Pierrick, Meyer, Townsend.

Newcastle: Dúbravka, Rose (Ritchie 71), Schär, Lascelles, Fernández, Lazaro, Saint-Maximin, Bentaleb, S.Longstaff, Almirón (Gayle 71), Joelinton.

Subs Not Used: Darlow, Hayden, Lejeune, Yedlin, M.Longstaff.

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