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PREVIEW: Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

29 August 2014



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ABOUT
Neil Warnock will take The Eagles up to St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon as he begins his second spell as manager of the club.

The 65-year-old has returned to Selhurst Park following the departure of Tony Pulis having spent three years with the Eagles from 2007 until 2010, having been out of work since leaving Leeds United last year.

Palace have lost both of their opening games and although Warnock has only been in the job for two days, he will most certainly be looking to register his side’s first points of the season tomorrow.

Opponents Newcastle United have recruited well this summer and look like a stronger side, however they too are still awaiting their first positive result of the season. The likes of Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere and Siem De Jong have all arrived in an attempt to push the club higher up the table. 

Despite losing 2-0 to Manchester City in their opener, the Tyneside club proved to be threatening when going forward as they boast an abundance of pace and strength.

St. James’ Park is no doubt one of the hardest grounds to go to in English football due to its volatile atmosphere, but Warnock will be hoping his side can perform well enough to come away with three points.

TEAM NEWS
Crystal Palace: Joe Ledley is out after picking up a groin strain before the game against West Ham last weekend, and Stuart O'Keefe is also doubtful after injuring his ankle last Saturday.

Adrian Mariappa made a successful return from a rib injury against Walsall in midweek, and Jason Puncheon is also available being suspension.

Wilfried Zaha signed in time to play a part against the Magpies, and Scott Dann is also back in contention after picking up a knock against Arsenal on the opening day.

Newcastle United: Rolando Aarons and Jack Colback are available after shrugging off knocks, but neither Cheick Tiote nor Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are in contention for the final Premier League game before the transfer window shuts.

Moussa Sissoko may be asked to play in a deeper central midfield role alongside Colback, who was called up to the England squad for the first time this week, with Vurnon Anita missing out.

Davide Santon and Papiss Cisse are long-term injury casualties.

MATCH OFFICIALS
Referee: Mike Jones 
Assistants: S Burt and M Scholes 
Fourth Official: K Friend

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD
Newcastle winsDrawsPalace wins
League1747
FA Cup501
Play-Offs000
Total2248


LAST MEETING AT ST JAMES' PARK
A last-gasp strike by Papiss Cisse in the final minute of injury time saw Palace cruelly see a potentially precious point slip from their grasp in March 2014.

Having drawn against Sunderland the week before, it seemed that for the second week in succession Palace had travelled to the north-east and secured a goalless draw but Cisse, who had squandered four golden chances in the 90 minutes, popped up to head home Hatem Ben Arfa's cross to snatch an undeserved victory.

Before that kick in the teeth, Palace had come the closest when Yannick Bolasie rattled the bar in the second half although they had been indebted to Julian Speroni who kept Cisse at bay until the last seconds of the contest.


TICKETS
The match is available on general sale and the prices are as follows:

Adults £27.00
Senior concessions (65+yrs) £22.00
Juniors (Under 18years) £5.00

Tickets can be bought in person from the Selhurst ticket office on Friday, or on 0871 200 0071. Alternatively they are also available on the day from St James' Park.
  
A coach will depart from Selhurst Park at 6.45am, costing £38.50 per person.

BETTING
Newcastle: 8/11
Draw: 5/2
Palace: 4/1
Odds courtesy of SkyBet. 
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LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary from all 90 minutes at St James' Park will be available on Palace Player. CLICK HERE to log in or sign up to our award-winning subscription service. 

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