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Preview: Crystal Palace v Newcastle United

21 September 2018

Palace will be looking to chalk up their 100th victory in the Premier League, and their 200th in the top-flight, against Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.

Should they do that, Palace will avoid becoming just the second team in English top-flight history to lose their opening three home league games in consecutive seasons. Coincidently, Newcastle are the only team to achieve this unwanted feat in 1986/87 and 1987/88, but Palace's defeat to Southampton three weeks ago was just their first in a year against a side that finished outside of last season's top six.

However, Wilfried Zaha’s excellent goal at Huddersfield Town has boosted morale in SE25, with the red-hot attacker having scored eight in his last 10 matches as he aims to net a third career strike against the Magpies.

Tough start for the Toon

Newcastle United

The Magpies were handed a daunting fixture list to kick off the campaign, and while giving all of Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal a game before losing 2-1, they will still be disappointed with their points total after a late Kenedy penalty miss saw them squander victory at Cardiff City.

It is the first time since 1999 that Newcastle have started with four defeats out of five, but they will be hoping that their fine recent record against the Eagles will spur them on, having only lost one of the last 10 league meetings.

To do so, Rafael Benitez’s team will have to end a run of one win from their last 11 games away from home, which also saw them exit the Carabao Cup at the hands of Nottingham Forest for the second season in succession.

View from the opposition

Rafael Benitez

After a tough start, Rafael Benitez is targeting the next batch of fixtures as ones they must win. "Watching these games, on paper they were difficult. On paper these ones are ‘easier’, but every game is a challenge for us. It is a difficult game but I’m confident we can win.

"We want to win. We want to get 3 points in every game, but especially after the start. We should be closer with these teams. It will not be easy, but we have more chance. Our idea is to win, but if we can’t, then a draw is OK."

Team news

Christian Benteke

Palace: Christian Benteke is ruled out, but Roy Hodgson has confirmed an otherwise full bill of health.

Newcastle: Jamaal Lascelles was forced off injured at half-time in the Magpies' defeat to Arsenal last weekend with a twisted ankle, but Benitez has confirmed both he and Jonjo Shelvey are fit.

Florian Lejeune is out long-term with a knee issue.

Matchday officials

 Andre Marriner

Andre Marriner makes his first appearance at Selhurst since he oversaw the Eagles' 3-2 win over Brighton back in April. He also took charge of the corresponding fixture last season when he awarded Palace a penalty that allowed them to claim a 1-1 draw.

The south Londoners have won seven and drawn five of the 23 games he has officiated during his lengthy refereeing career,

Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistant Refs: Scott Ledger and Simon Long
Fourth Official: Gavin Ward

Matchday stats

 Zaha Newcastle 2015

Palace have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games against Newcastle - a 5-1 victory at Selhurst Park in November 2015.

Newcastle have only failed to find the net against the Eagles in one of their 14 Premier League contests.

After losing their first four home Premier League meetings with the Magpies, Palace are now unbeaten in each of their last three games such games (W1 D2).

The Magpies have lost on 14 of their last 19 Premier League visits to London, conceding in each of their previous 20 trips to the capital.

Following a run of four wins in a row, Newcastle have won just one of their last 10 league matches.

The Eagles also have not drawn any of their last eight top-flight matches at home, with their last draw coming in the corresponding fixture last season.

The Geordies have failed to score in four of their last seven away league matches.

Joselu has netted two goals in five appearances so far this season, as many as in his previous 24 such matches combined.

Rafael Benitez has lost only one of his five games against Palace in the Premier League, and none of his last three.

Only Everton (5) have conceded more league goals from set-pieces so far than Newcastle in the Premier League (4).

Head to head

  Palace wins Draws Newcastle wins
League 8 7 19
FA Cup 1 0 5
League Cup 0 0 1
Total 9 7 25

Matchday information


Tickets for this game have sold out, but Premium tickets are still available.

Ticket holders are advised to arrive early due to enhanced security checks, and Season Ticket Holders must bring their card. Fans are advised, as always, not to purchase tickets from touts or on online resale sites.

Useful information for home and away fans about pre-match entertainment, travel tips and stadium details can be found in our Matchday Guide.

The matchday programme can be purchased in the following ways:

  • At Selhurst Park at kiosks and in the club shop, priced £3.50.
  • Buy the digital version of the Palace v Newcastle United programme now for just £1.49, by clicking here.
  • Delivered straight to your door

Live coverage


If you can’t make it to Selhurst, then you can listen to the game live on our new Palace Audio service. Fans can buy a Season Pass for £39.99, a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49, or a 24-Hour Pass for a single matchday for £1.49 – more information.

There will also be updates on Twitter, and free highlights available on Palace TV and the official app from 00.01 on Sunday morning.

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