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Preview: Crystal Palace v Newcastle United

4 February 2018

Just two points seperate Palace and Newcastle United as they meet at Selhurst Park on Sunday afternoon, with the home side having the slender advantage in 13th plac

Palace have lost only three of their 16 league matches since a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle in the reverse fixture in October.

Roy Hodgson’s side have taken 16 points from a possible 27 during their recent run and will be looking to pick up back to back home wins after their first victory of 2018 against Burnley.

The Eagles have only been defeated once in their last nine PL home matches keeping a clean sheet in the last two. They last recorded three consecutive home games without conceding in April 2017. 

Magpies Need To Improve Home Form

Newcastle United came close to picking up their first home win since October in midweek but conceded a Burnley goal with just ten minutes of the match remaining.

That last home win came against Palace but that kind of form has left Rafa Benitez’s men just four places and one point above the relegation zone.

Just eight points is the difference between the bottom 10 teams in the division so once again it’s a crucial encounter for Rafa’s side but he has bad memories of managing in SE25 as he lost his only previous trip to Selhurst Park, in April 2005 with Liverpool.

In 14th place United come into this game having lost just one of their last five league games but they have been defeated 13 times in the top flight this season, only one other side in the Premier League have lost more during the campaign.

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View From The Opposition

Rafa Benitez

“I realise there are five points between tenth and the drop zone so it is very close, very narrow, and that is sometimes good because you have a lot of teams there,” Benítez said. “If you have three (detached) at the bottom it will be easier because you have a bigger distance, but that is not the case.

“Even if you have a bad result, you carry on, because the next one could be good and then you could be two or three positions higher.

"They (Palace) are a good team with very good players. It is a difficult stadium and a difficult place to get points. But we must have confidence we can do it. It is very close at the bottom and for us it is another challenge to survive."

Team News

Roy Hodgson has said that new signing Alexander Sørloth is likely to be included in the squad for the match but is without Bakary Sako. He has been ruled out for the season with a fractured ankle.

A decision will be made on whether new signings Islam Slimani and Martin Dubravka will start and Benitez does now have Rob Elliott available.

Florian Lejeune and Jesus Gamez are both still unavailable for selection.

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Matchday Officials

Andre Marriner has taken charge of 22 games showing 62 yellow and three red cards since August.

The last Palace game he took charge of was the cup defeat at Brighton and at the end of December was in the middle for Newcastle’s home loss against Manchester City.

Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Simon Beck, Richard West
Fourth official: Lee Probert

Matchday Stats

Newcastle United have won 10 of their last 14 matches against Crystal Palace in all competitions (D3 L1).

Roy Hodgson could become the third manager to beat Newcastle in the Premier League with four of more different teams alongside Sam Allardyce (5) and Mark Hughes (4). Hodgson has previously beaten Newcastle with Blackburn, Fulham and West Brom.

Andros Townsend has provided five assists in 2017/18, more than in any of his previous PL campaigns, setting up a goal in four of his last six appearances.

The Magpies have not scored a first-half goal in six games since the now departed Henri Saivet found the net at West Ham on 23 December.

Head-to-Head

 

Palace wins

Draws

Newcastle wins

League

8

6

19

League Cup

0

0

1

FA Cup

1

0

5

Total

9

6

25

Ticket Information

Tickets for this match are now sold out.

Please note any supporters who wish to upgrade junior tickets to adult should make the necessary payment at the box office ahead of matchday. 

Season ticket holders who cannot attend the match can use Twickets to re-sell their seat at face value to fellow season ticket holders and members.

Tickets offered for sale will be sold through the Twickets platform, where they can be purchased safely and securely.

Travel disruption for the road and rail network on Sunday.

Live Coverage

If you can’t make it to Selhurst Park for the game, there will be live commentary on Palace Player, updates on Twitter, with highlights available on Palace TV from midnight on Sunday. 

 


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