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Preview: Palace v Newcastle

20 December 2013


ABOUT
Crystal Palace welcome one of the Premier League’s in-form sides to Selhurst Park when they entertain Newcastle United on Saturday.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew returns to SE25, where he spent four years as a player and scored one of the most famous goals in Eagles history – the header that secured a 4-3 victory over Liverpool in the 1990 FA Cup semi-final. 

Both sides will be looking to take all three points for very different reasons on Saturday afternoon. A win for Palace could see them climb out of the bottom three, while the Tyneside outfit will be going in search of victory to keep pace with the top four.

The Toon Army are currently fourth in the form table, having picked up impressive away wins at Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United during their last six outings. Their only defeat during that time came away to Swansea City. 

Tony Pulis’ men are in a similar vein of form though, after amassing 10 points from their last six fixtures, including back-to-back home wins against West Ham and Cardiff City. A win for the Eagles would be a third consecutive home Premier League win – a feat they haven’t achieved since December 1992. 

TEAM NEWS
Crystal Palace: Palace top the Premier League injury table with nine players either injured or doubtful for this weekend’s game. 

Kagisho Dikgacoi, Stuart O’Keefe and Jonny Williams all face late fitness tests, with Jerome Thomas (calf) and Adlene Guedioura (broken ribs) already ruled out of the midfield. 

Jack Hunt, Paddy McCarthy and Glenn Murray remain on the road to recovery as they push for returns to first team action in the new year. 

Dean Moxey is set to give Tony Pulis a boost though by returning from the injury that ruled him out of last weekend’s visit to Chelsea. 

Meanwhile Marouane Chamakh, who has scored three in three, is just one booking away from a suspension. 

Newcastle United: Somewhat unusually for the Magpies, who have been plagued by injury problems in recent years, Alan Pardew has a near full-strength squad at his disposal coming into Saturday’s game. 

Their only absentee is Ryan Taylor, who has been sidelined for months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. 

Moussa Sissoko and Cheick Tiote are both one caution away from a one-match ban.  

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Neil Swarbrick 
Assistants: S Long and S Ledger 
Fourth Official: Chris Foy

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Palace winsDrawsNewcastle wins
League7415
FA Cup105
League Cup000
Total8420

LAST MEETING AT SELHURST
These two sides last met early on in the 2009/10 Championship season, on 22nd August 2009, as Newcastle United made the long trip to SE25 looking to maintain an unbeaten start to the campaign. 

Kevin Nolan gave Chris Hughton’s men an early lead with a neat finish inside two minutes, before Ryan Taylor doubled the lead with a curling 20-yard strike with just over 20 minutes on the clock. 

Palace threw on Victor Moses and Sean Scannell during the second period, but were unable to get back into the match, as the Magpies held on for a 2-0 win. 

BETTING
Palace win: 21/10
Draw: 23/10
Newcastle win: 13/10

LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary from Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. To log in or sign up to the service, CLICK HERE.

You can also keep track of the game with our minute-by-minute text updates by following Crystal Palace Football Club’s official Twitter account, @Official_CPFC.


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