Friday Night Lights On For Eagles Who Hope To Shine Against Toon

The games come thick and fast this week as Palace welcome their former boss Steve Bruce and his Newcastle United side to Selhurst Park and bid to wipe the memory of the narrow loss at Turf Moor on Monday evening.

DATE

27th November 2020

KICK OFF

8pm

VENUE

Selhurst Park Stadium, Holmesdale Road, Selhurst, London SE25 6PU

LAST TIME

February of this year Newcastle last travelled to Selhurst and little did we know what was to follow. Regardless, the Eagles took all three points thanks to a goal from Patrick van Aanholt on the stroke of half-time in a game that saw Valentino Lazaro received his marching orders late on for hauling down Wilfried Zaha.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Patrick van Aanholt (8.4)

OFFICIALS

REFEREE – Graham Scott

ASSISTANTS – Peter Kirkup, Simon Long, Michael Salisbury (fourth official)

VAR – Jarred Gillett, Eddie Smart (assistant)

INJURY CONCERNS

PALACE – Luka Milivojevic, James Tomkins, Connor Wickham, Wilfried Zaha, Wayne Hennessey, Nathan Ferguson

NEWCASTLE – Dwight Gayle, Martin Dubravka, Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson, Matt Ritchie, Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles

SUSPENSIONS

None

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Luka Milivojevic (1)

YELLOW CARDS (2+) – Isaac Hayden (3), Jamal Lewis (3), James McArthur (2), Joel Ward (2), Vicente Guaita (2), Wilfried Zaha (2), Jacob Murphy (2), Joelinton (2), Jonjo Shelvey (2)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 22/02/2020 Crystal Palace 1-0 Newcastle United  
  • 21/12/2019 Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • 06/04/2019 Newcastle United 0-1 Crystal Palace
  • 22/09/2018 Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcastle United
  • 04/02/2018 Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle United

Last FIVE results for Palace;

  • 23/11/2020 Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • 07/11/2020 Crystal Palace 4-1 Leeds United
  • 30/10/2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Crystal Palace
  • 24/10/2020 Fulham 1-2 Crystal Palace
  • 18/10/2020 Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Last FIVE results for Newcastle;

  • 21/11/2020 Newcastle United 0-2 Chelsea
  • 06/11/2020 Southampton 2-0 Newcastle United
  • 01/11/2020 Newcastle United 2-1 Everton
  • 25/10/2020 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Newcastle United
  • 17/10/2020 Newcastle United 1-4 Manchester United

RECORD AGAINST NEWCASTLE

  • Played 45
  • Won 11
  • Drawn 8
  • Lost 26

ONE TO WATCH

ALLAN SAINT-MAXIMIN

FORMER CLUBS – Verrières-le-Buisson, US Ris-Orangis, AC Boulogne-Billancourt, Saint Etienne, Monaco, Hannover (loan), Bastia (loan), Nice

At just 23 years of age, the Frenchman has had several clubs before settling in the North-East after arriving in August 2019 on a 6-year-deal. He has not been as prolific as the Toon Army would have hoped but is has certainly been an exciting addition to the first team, being one of those players that makes fans get to their feet. After representing France at several youth levels, Saint-Maximin has yet to receive a full cap.

KEY CLASH

JAMES MCARTHUR v ISAAC HAYDEN

In view of the midfield battle against Burnley where Palace were mostly second best, this will be key to deciding which side is victorious. McArthur will no doubt agree he was not at his best on Monday but back in familiar surroundings, he is likely to make up for that as he rarely has back to back mediocre games.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

  • Palace are undefeated in their last 6 home games against Newcastle
  • Newcastle have only won 1 of their last 6 league games
  • Only 1 of the last 6 meetings between the two have has seen more than 1 goal scored
  • Palace have kept 1 clean sheet in their past 17 league games, conceding in 8 consecutive matches since a 1-0 victory against Southampton in September
  • Since his debut in 2014, no player has scored more own goals in the Premier League than Federico Fernandez (five – level with Lewis Dunk)
  • Since the start of 2014-15 (when Zaha re-joined Palace), Palace have lost 20 of their 28 league games without the Ivorian

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (5 – joint 10th in Premier League)
  • ASSISTS – Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha (2)
  • PASSES – Cheikhou Kouyate (313)
  • TACKLES – Andros Townsend (28 – 5th in Premier League)
  • TOUCHES – Andros Townsend (464)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (18)
  • SAVES – Vicente Guaita (25 – joint 8th in Premier League)

PREDICTION

Friday night football under the floodlights in South London, and fans cannot be there. Hopefully we are closer to seeing a handful in grounds but not for this match-up between two sides that want to get back to winning ways. Recent history suggests this is likely to be another tense affair where just one goal will settle it, but Palace will need to make sure they take their chances unlike at Turf Moor on Monday. Having said that, we are expecting a reaction and a narrow with for the Eagles.

FINAL SCORE: 2-1

BETTING ODDS

Going into Friday evening, Palace are better than 5/4 favourites over a Newcastle side who have not won away since their season opener at West Ham. Subsequently, the Magpies are getting only 5/2 to win on Friday, with a draw at close to 9/4 being more likely than a Newcastle win.

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