Premier League Preview – Newcastle United
The Eagles return to Selhurst Park this weekend to host Newcastle United in just their third home game of the season.
After a welcome three points being the proceeds from the trip to Yorkshire, boss Roy Hodgson will be looking to his players to secure back to back wins for the first time this season.
Much has been made of what was deemed a disappointing performance last weekend. However, wise words have already been spoken in what is a young season so far with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp eluding to points being more important than performances, the latter will come.
Regardless, Hodgson and his coaching staff will know that Palace were lucky to get the win thanks most of all to a piece of magic from Wilfried Zaha. While it is great to be able to rely on his talent, this side really must find a way of doing so when Zaha has a bad game or misses one.
Another important ingredient to the win at Huddersfield was James Tomkins who slotted into the back line after a one game absence. If Zaha if the first name on the team sheet, Tomkins really must be the second. He keeps the back line in shape and while it may sound odd, it is clear for all to see that Mamadou Sakho plays better when alongside the former West Ham man.
Newcastle travel to South London with just a solitary point, gained from a trip to newly promoted Cardiff City. They have not been brushed aside with ease in their other games to date, proving that they are hard to beat. Palace will need to be wary as they will be keen to get something from this match up.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Christian Benteke (knee) and Pape Souare (muscle) are both expected to miss out along with Connor Wickham (calf) and Scott Dann (knee).
NEWCASTLE UNITED – Only injury concerns for the visitors are Jamaal Lascelles (ankle) who is a major doubt while Florian Lejeune (knee) continues to be unavailable.
The last time the two sides met was at Selhurst Park in February. A first half goal from Mohamed Diame sent the visitors into the break with the lead but a Luka Milivojevic penalty early in the second levelled things up to ensure the points were shared.
Who Scored man of the match – Christian Benteke (8.2)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 04/02/2018 Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle United
- 21/10/2017 Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 30/04/2016 Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 28/11/2015 Crystal Palace 5-1 Newcastle United
- 11/02/2015 Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle United
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 15/09/2018 Huddersfield Town 0-1 Crystal Palace
- 01/09/2018 Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton
- 28/08/2018 Swansea City 0-1 Crystal Palace
- 26/08/2018 Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 20/08/2018 Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool
Last FIVE results for Newcastle;
- 15/09/2018 Newcastle United 1-2 Arsenal
- 01/09/2018 Manchester City 2-1 Newcastle United
- 29/08/2018 Nottingham Forest 3-1 Newcastle United
- 26/08/2018 Newcastle United 1-2 Chelsea
- 18/08/2018 Cardiff city 0-0 Newcastle United
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.51
- Wayne Hennessey 7.29
- Ciaran Clark 6.91
- Joselu 6.88
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Zilina, Esbjerg fB, Slovan Liberec, Sparta Prague
Standing at well over six foot tall, the Slovakian goalkeeper surprised many in his loan spell at Newcastle last season by playing his part in helping the club achieve a top half finish. His career began with his hometown side Zilina where he made close to a century of appearances after making his professional debut in 2008. A move to Danish side happened in 2014, quickly establishing himself as the number one before Slovan Liberec took him on a one year deal in 2016. A move to Sparta Prague followed a year later but after signing a three year deal, he struggled to hold down a starting spot which led to the loan move to the North East which was made permanent in the summer.
Dubravka has twelve international caps to date after making his debut for Slovakia in 2014 against Montenegro.
The ownership continues to hang over the North East club with Mike Ashley keen on selling up but there has not been significant interest to take the club off his hands. Whether that comes at the expense of Rafa Bentiez remains to be seen as the Spanish boss appears to be growing increasingly frustrated with the goings on, or lack of them. For this match up, the odds look to be in favour of the hosts but such a fixture is never an easy one and could well go either way. Newcastle’s only point of the season came away from home and they have been hard to beat so the Eagles will have to be on form to get something from a team looking low on confidence.
- TEB prediction – home win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 11/10
- Draw – 23/10
- Away – 13/5
- Both teams to score – 5/6
Find out what Jake Jackman told TEB during the summer on the season ahead in our View From The Opposition series of features