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Preview: Crystal Palace v Newcastle United

27 November 2015


INTRO
Having been defeated by Sunderland at Selhurst on Monday night, Palace quickly get the opportunity to put things right against their north-east neighbours Newcastle United.

Alan Pardew comes face-to-face with his former club once again who have struggled throughout 2015, having only won five league games all season, and Steve McClaren's arrival in June hasn't changed their fortunes too much.

The Magpies sit 17th in the table, but did end a run of 12 Premier League games without an away win on their last trip away from St James' Park when they beat Bournemouth 1-0, but they haven't won successive away games for over 12 months and were pushed aside by Leicester City on Tyneside last weekend by a 3-0 margin.

However Palace will be aiming to rectify their recent home record which has seen them win just three times at Selhurst in their past 11 league games.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Steve McClaren: “We have had a great week on the training pitch. Feisty, competitive, energetic, all the things we lacked last Saturday.

“I love feisty sessions. And it was. We got the message across. It was just what we needed. We explained why we lost. For three days we sorted it out. It is one of those weeks coaches like. We needed it. The energy, that is what we want.

“We didn't do the basics last Saturday. We had done for four games and got seven points. We had spirit against Bournemouth.

“Attitude, organisation discipline. The basics. We have had a setback. The performance wasn't up to normal standards. We have to get back to it."


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Bakary Sako is struggling to be fit for this game after tweaking a hamstring in Monday's night's loss, and joins Dwight Gayle on the sidelines who has a similar ailment.

Wilfried Zaha and Yohan Cabaye are one booking away from picking up a one match suspension.

Newcastle United: Chieck Tiote is struggling to be fit for this game after picking up a groin injury in the Leicester loss last weekend, leaving United struggling for options in central midfield with Jack Colback also out.

Siem de Jong and Yoan Gouffran played for the development side in midweek as they aim to fit the Ivorian's spot, but left-back Massadio Haidara requires surgery on a cartilage injury and will be out for months.

Tim Krul, Rolando Aarons, Steven Taylor and Gabriel Obertan all remain out long-term.


STATS
The Magpies have scored three goals away from home in their last 12 Premier League road trips and have failed to score in seven of their Premier League matches this season, more than any other team in the top flight.

Newcastle have lost none of their last 11 matches against the Eagles in all competitions (W8 D3 L0).

Papiss Cisse has scored in both of his Premier League outings against Palace.

20 of the 27 goals in games involving Palace the Premier League this season have come in the second-half (74%).

Wilfried Zaha has embarked on a league-high 95 dribbles in the league this season, at an average of one every eight minutes and 49 seconds.

Georginio Wijnaldum has been directly involved in eight of Newcastle's 13 top-flight goals this season (six goals, two assists), equating to 62% of the Magpies' total haul.


OFFICIALS

Stuart Attwell is the man in the middle for this game, he has refereed just two Premier League games this season. The last Palace game he oversaw was back in January 2012 when the Eagles drew 1-1 with Brighton, with both goals coming from the penalty spot.

Referee: S Attwell
Assistants: P Kirkup and A Garratt
Fourth Official: M Jones


HEAD-TO-HEAD
Palace winsDrawsNewcastle wins
League7617
FA Cup105
League Cup001
Total8623



LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

10th February 2015
Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle United
Premier League

Palace manager Alan Pardew earned a point in his first match against former club Newcastle as Fraizer Campbell's goal secured a draw.

Palace had the better of the first half, with a headed goal from Campbell ruled out for offside.

Newcastle took the lead with their first shot on target, Papiss Cisse nodding in Daryl Janmaat's cross.

But the hosts struck back through Campbell to deny the Magpies a second win under new boss John Carver.


TICKETS
Tickets for this game are SOLD OUT.


SECURITY MESSAGE 
Following the events in France a fortnight ago, additional security will be employed at Selhurst Park for the above fixture. Supporters are advised to expect checks and to arrive earlier than usual at the stadium to avoid delays outside the ground.

Supporters are asked to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity either by contacting a steward or using the match day text alert service. 

The Club would like to thank supporters in advance for their understanding and co-operation.


EARLY BIRD OFFER
Up to 45 minutes before kick-off you can get a Carlsberg or Somersby Cider and any Burger (excluding GK burger) for just £5 in the concourse bars. Offer available at selected bars with the Early Bird Signage. The option of Real ale will only be available from the bars serving Real Ale, please ask a member of staff before you order.

 

Due to restrictions in facilities this offer is not available in the following bars;

 

-          Johnsons

-          Hot Dog Cart 1

-          HD Bottle Bar

-          Hot Dog Cart 2

-          Cronx Bar

-          Bryne Bar

-          Shipperley Bar

-          Armstrong Bar

-          AW Bottle Bar

 

For anybody specifically requesting an ale we will run a voucher offer so they can pick up their ale at a bar that has the facilities to serve it. Cronx bar will be the pickup area for any ale vouchers.



LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of all 90 minutes from Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter.

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