Palace Must Eliminate Cup Disappointment To Chase High League Finish

With all the excitement of the FA Cup done and dusted, the season is not yet over as the Eagles have a real chance of chasing down a top ten Premier League finish for what would be only the second time.

DATE

20th April 2022

KICK OFF

7.45pm

VENUE

St James’ Park, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4ST

LAST TIME

Three goals in the opening 25 minutes was all that was needed to decide the victors in this match up in February 2021as the hosts took an early lead through Jonjo Shelvey. Palace hit back with a quick fire double courtesy of Jairo Riedewald and Gary Cahill which ended up ensuring the visitors took all three points back to South London.

WHO SCORED MAN OF THE MATCH – Eberechi Eze (7.8)

OFFICIALS

Referee: Tony Harrington. Assistants: Ian Hussin, Mark Scholes. Fourth official: Kevin Friend. VAR: Craig Pawson. Assistant VAR: Simon Bennett

TEAM NEWS

PALACE – Nathan Ferguson is the only expected injury concern for Patrick Vieira ahead of the trip to the North East unless there are any knocks off the back of the FA Cup semi final.

NEWCASTLE – Kieran Trippier (foot) Isaac Hayden (knee), Jamal Lewis (groin) and Callum Wilson (calf) are all expected to be ruled out while Ryan Fraser (thigh) is a doubt.

DISCIPLINARY

RED CARDS – Wilfried Zaha (1), Jonjo Shelvey (1), Ciaran Clark (1)

YELLOW CARDS (6+) – Conor Gallagher (8), Joelinton (7), Joel Ward (6)

FORM GUIDE

Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;

  • 23/10/21 Palace 1-1 Newcastle
  • 02/02/21 Newcastle 1-2 Palace
  • 27/11/20 Palace 0-2 Newcastle
  • 22/02/20 Palace 1-0 Newcastle
  • 21/12/19 Newcastle 1-0 Palace

Last FIVE results for Palace:

  • 17/04/22 Chelsea 2-0 Palace
  • 10/04/22 Leicester 2-1 Palace
  • 04/04/22 Palace 3-0 Arsenal
  • 20/03/22 Palace 4-0 Everton
  • 14/03/22 Palace 0-0 City

Last FIVE results for Newcastle;

  • 17/04/22 Newcastle 2-1 Leicester
  • 08/04/22 Newcastle 1-0 Wolves
  • 03/04/22 Spurs 5-1 Newcastle
  • 17/03/22 Everton 1-0 Newcastle
  • 13/03/22 Chelsea 1-0 Newcastle

RECORD AGAINST NEWCASTLE

  • Played 48
  • Won 12
  • Drawn 9
  • Lost 27

FORM PLAYERS ACCORDING TO WHO SCORED

  • Conor Gallagher 7.20
  • Allan Saint-Maximin 7.09
  • Dan Burn 6.95
  • Wilfried Zaha 6.93

ONE TO WATCH

BRUNO GUIMARAES

FORMER CLUBS – Audax Rio, Audax, Athletico Paranaense, Lyon

The 24 year old was an addition to the Newcastle squad during the January transfer window and has been an integral part of the clubs revival in fortunes. His brace at the weekend against Leicester proves just what he is capable of and has acclimatised to life at St James’ Park very quickly indeed.

KEY CLASH

CONOR GALLAGER v JONJO SHELVEY

The disappointment on the face of Gallagher at Wembley was evident for all to see and he now has seven games left to get the bit between the teeth and use that frustration positively and help the club seek a top ten finish. He will be up against a seasoned midfielder in Shelvey who has rolled back the years in recent weeks to once again become a part of the Newcastle midfield.

PRE-MATCH FACTS

Newcastle have won their last 5 home league matches, last winning 6 in a row between January and April 2004 under Sir Bobby Robson. 

Palace won this fixture 2-1 last season – they’ve never won back-to-back away league matches at Newcastle before.

Chris Wood has scored 3 goals in his 5 league matches against Palace, including a strike for former club Burnley at Turf Moor in a 3-3 draw earlier this season.

Wilfried Zaha has netted 11 goals in 26 league games this season, his joint-best return in a single top-flight campaign (11 last season). The Ivorian is looking to score in three consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time since February 2019.

PRE-MATCH STATS

  • GOALS – Wilfried Zaha (11 – 8th in PL)
  • ASSISTS – Michael Olise (5)
  • PASSES – Marc Guehi (1915  – 9th in PL)
  • TACKLES – Tyrick Mitchell (94 – 2nd in PL)
  • TOUCHES – Marc Guehi (2228 – 9th in PL)
  • SHOTS – Wilfried Zaha (51)
  • SAVES – Guaita (74 – 13th in PL)

DID YOU KNOW?

From 1892 to 1929, Newcastle United’s team was selected by a committee, whose secretary had the same powers and role as a manager has today.

PREDICTION

The hosts have been in good form lately and this will be their third home game in a row as they catch up with their fixtures due to cancellations. Palace must shake off any potential Wembley hangover and it is a good thing to have a game so quickly.

FINAL SCORE: 1-1

BETTING ODDS

  • Home – 13/10
  • Draw – 21/10
  • Away – 9/4
  • Both teams to score – 17/20

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