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02 February 2021 Venue St. James' Park Attendance

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Palace Preview: Eagles must be wary of late Newcastle surge

2 February 2021

After an impressive victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, Palace head north-east to St James’ Park to take on a Newcastle United side buoyed by their first win in nine league games.

Newcastle’s win at Goodison Park against Everton put an end to a run of five straight league defeats for the Magpies, with Callum Wilson’s brace securing all three points.

However, Palace will arrive in confident mood following their victory against Wolves, with another scorching Eberechi Eze goal lighting up south London.

They will be keen to get revenge for a frustrating defeat in the reverse fixture, when two last minute goals at Selhurst Park gave the visitors the three points.

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Despite losing at St James’ Park last season, Palace can take confidence from Newcastle’s poor home record against sides from the capital, winning just two of their last 13 games. No current Newcastle player has scored more than once against the Eagles.

Jordan Ayew, on the other hand, has a superb record against the Magpies, scoring twice in his three appearances at St James’ Park.

The clash sees a meeting of two of the most experienced Premier League managers, with Roy Hodgson (347 games) facing Steve Bruce (451 games). Hodgson has the superior record in their 10 previous meetings, winning four and drawing four, losing just twice.

Palace will be reunited with Dwight Gayle, who scored 25 goals in 74 appearances in red and blue, while Andros Townsend will return to St James’ Park, where he spent six months in 2016.

Match details

  • Tuesday, 2nd February
  • 20:15 GMT
  • St James’ Park
  • BT Sport

Tactical overview

With neither side having come from behind to win this season, the first goal will be especially crucial at St James’ Park. Palace have started to make a habit of scoring early, with seven goals this season coming in the opening 15 minutes.

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However, it is the later periods that could define this result. The Eagles will sorely remember the reverse fixture this season, when goals in the 88th and 90th minutes condemned Palace to defeat at Selhurst Park.

Newcastle have scored almost half of their goals this season in the final 15 minutes, adding another at Goodison Park on Saturday. Palace, on the other hand, have conceded a third of their goals in the same period, but will by buoyed by holding out for victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers last time out. The final moments of Tuesday’s match crucial will be crucial.

Did you know?

No side has kept fewer clean sheets at home than Newcastle in the Premier League this season (1), with that shutout coming against reigning champions Liverpool in December in a 0-0 draw.

Palace have kept three clean sheets in their last five Premier League matches, having kept just one in their previous 24.

Newcastle were beaten 2-1 in the Premier League last Tuesday against Leeds United and haven’t lost in the top-flight in consecutive weeks on a Tuesday since March 1975, losing to Arsenal and Liverpool.

Team news

Steve Bruce was buoyed by the return of Allan Saint-Maximin against Leeds last week after he recovered from COVID-19. Ciaran Clark made his return against Everton, after shaking off a calf injury respectively, while Paul Dummett could be available after returning to training.

Part of the matchday squad against Wolves, new signing Jean-Philippe Mateta is available to make his Palace debut. Hodgson will continue to monitor James Tomkins, who missed out West Ham and Wolves, while Jeffrey Schlupp and Mamadou Sakho remain absent.

How to follow


Newcastle v Palace will be shown live in the UK via BT Sport. Full details can be found here.

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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

Report: Three points, consecutive wins and one solid Palace performance

Newcastle United 1-2 Crystal Palace

2 February 2021

Crystal Palace overcame Newcastle United 2-1 at a wind-swept St James' Park on Tuesday evening, securing consecutive Premier League victories with a sound performance from front to back.


  • Roy Hodgson makes two changes to his starting XI, bringing in Jairo Riedewald and Gary Cahill
  • Newcastle open the scoring in the second minute – Jonjo Shelvey volleying with power
  • Both sides create noteworthy chances over the next 20 minutes before Riedewald launches the equaliser into the back of the net
  • Gary Cahill makes it two with his first for the club
  • Wilfried Zaha sees his effort ruled out for an offside against Michy Batshuayi
  • Half-time: Newcastle United 1-2 Crystal Palace
  • In an evenly-matched second-half, Wilfried Zaha leaves the pitch with an apparent fitness complaint
  • The game fails to conjure many further chances in its second spell, with the Eagles holding on to their lead well
  • Full-time: Newcastle United 1-2 Crystal Palace

It may have been a typical winter night in Newcastle as players shrugged off tightly wrapped jackets from even tighter base layers, but Newcastle began in hot form.

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After just 70 seconds, the Magpies were causing trouble in Palace’s box, with Callum Wilson holding up the ball and feeding captain Jonjo Shelvey 18 yards out. Shelvey wasted no time in aiming at goal and rifled a first-time volley into the net.

Naturally, following such a rapid start, the game settled down to a more sustainable pace over the next 10 minutes – Jeff Hendrick forced a chance at one end and Jordan Ayew did so at the other, his diving header deflected to safety by Jamal Lewis.

If Ayew’s effort could have produced a headline-worthy goal, then Wilson looked to go one better with an instinctive, scorpion-like flick shortly after, his attempt also spinning behind.

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Jairo Riedewald had the game’s modus operandi nailed, however, when Patrick van Aanholt forced the ball to him on the edge of the box. Mimicking Shelvey in the urgency and strength of his resulting shot, Riedewald cannoned home the equaliser with a remarkable drive worthy of pulling the Eagles level.

Urgency remained the buzzword of the night and the game would stay even for just a further four minutes. This time, Hodgson’s second lineup change Gary Cahill carried the attacking banner as he strove towards Eberechi Eze’s testing free-kick.

His first goal in red and blue teed-up well, Cahill powered home his career’s 50th with similar power to Riedewald’s earlier effort. Two almost turned to three a break-neck three minutes later when Wilfried Zaha turned home, however the linesman’s flag denied the Ivorian as Michy Batshuayi was found offside in the build-up.

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Palace may have felt proud of their attacking success as the game passed the half-hour mark, but Vicente Guaita provided a defensive highlight as he stood strong to deny Ryan Fraser one-on-one wide in his box.

The visiting south Londoners required more luck than skill the next time Newcastle sought to equalise, this time Luka Milivojevic deflecting Miguel Almiron’s free-kick to safety via the crossbar. But the half-time whistle sounded with Palace deservedly ahead; and holding on for the next 45 minutes became the objective.

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After Palace kick-started the second spell with Van Aanholt’s ultimately redundant effort – Batshuayi ruled-out for offside moments before – Newcastle enjoyed a lengthy period on the front foot, applying pressure on an experienced visiting defence without truly troubling them.

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3 February 2021

Their flow was broken as the game paused for Zaha to leave the pitch and Andros Townsend took to the turf against his former club.

The Magpies also shuffled their hand by bringing Allan Saint-Maximin to the fold and, following this pair of changes, the game became reduced to half-chances and possession changing hands in the middle of the park.

Palace appeared happy to weather the storm – both figuratively and literally – as Newcastle became top-heavy with Dwight Gayle replacing defender Javier Manquillo. Despite their hosts attack-minded approach, the south Londoners seemed comfortable at the back, with Guaita not forced into anything beyond routine stops.

It was exactly the second-half they required having fought for their lead in the first, even if Newcastle ramped-up their pressure for the final five minutes.

Ultimately, it made little difference as the Eagles flexed their defensive muscles to make a shap attacking first-half bear fruit, securing consecutive victories and three well-earned points.

Newcastle: Darlow, Clark (Carroll 89), Schar, Manquillo (Gayle 77), Hayden, Lewis, Shelvey, Hendrick (Saint-Maximin 63), Fraser, Almiron, Wilson.

Subs not used: Dubravka, Dummett, Longstaff, Krafth, Anderson, Joelinton. 

Palace: Guaita, Van Aanholt, Dann, Cahill, Clyne, Milivojevic, Riedewald (Kouyate 90+2), Eze, Zaha (Townsend 58), Ayew, Batshuayi (Benteke 73).

Subs not used: Butland, Mitchell, Kelly, Mateta.

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