Paul Dummett
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Newcastle United entertain Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of an impressive 2-2 draw away at Liverpool, in which goals from Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback helped them come back from two down at half-time to secure a share of the spoils.

Palace were in action in the FA Cup semi-final last weekend, triumphing 2-1 over Watford at Wembley. Yannick Bolasie put the Eagles into an early lead and although Troy Deeney equalised for Watford in the second period, Connor Wickham headed Palace's winner soon after.

When the teams met earlier in the season, Crystal Palace recorded a comprehensive 5-1 victory at Selhurst Park. Papiss Cisse glanced United in front but the hosts hit back in emphatic style, with doubles from James McArthur and Bolasie, with Wilfried Zaha also on target.

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STAT ATTACK
Saturday's fixture is the 37th match between the clubs and the 30th in the league.


TICKET NEWS
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LAST MEETING
28th November, 2015 - Crystal Palace 5 (McArthur 14, 90, Bolasie 17, 47, Zaha 41) Newcastle United 1 (Cisse 10)

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1): Wayne Hennessey; Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Damien Delaney, Pape Souare; Yohan Cabaye (Chung-young Lee 75), James McArthur; Wilfried Zaha (Mile Jedinak 67), Jason Puncheon, Yannick Bolasie; Connor Wickham (Patrick Bamford 86)

Newcastle (4-4-2): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback (Siem de Jong 70), Georginio Wijnaldum (Yoan Gouffran 70); Ayoze Perez (Jamaal Lascelles 46), Papiss Cisse


FULL RECORD v CRYSTAL PALACE
PL36 W21 D7 L8 F56 A34


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions

Newcastle - DDWLLD
Crystal Palace - WLDDWD


LAST LINE-UP
Newcastle (v Liverpool, Premier League):
Karl Darlow; Vurnon Anita, Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett; Cheick Tiote (Jonjo Shelvey 83), Jack Colback; Andros Townsend, Ayoze Perez (Georginio Wijnaldum, 46), Moussa Sissoko; Papiss Cisse (Aleksandar Mitrovic 74)
Subs not used: Freddie Woodman, Kevin Mbabu, Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons

Crystal Palace (v Watford, FA Cup): Wayne Hennessey; Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Damien Delaney, Pape Souare; Mile Jedinak, Yohan Cabaye; Wilfried Zaha, Jason Puncheon (Bakary Sako 81), Yannick Bolasie (James McArthur 74); Connor Wickham (Emmanuel Adebayor 86)
Subs not used: Julian Speroni, Martin Kelly, Joe Ledley, Dwight Gayle


TOP SCORER
Newcastle - Georginio Wijnaldum (9)
Crystal Palace - Connor Wickham/Yannick Bolasie/Yohan Cabaye (6)


TEAM NEWS

Newcastle - United have no fresh injury concerns for this fixture, with defenders Steven Taylor and Kevin Mbabu back in contention for a place in the squad. However, Daryl Janmaat (hand), Fabricio Coloccini (calf), Rob Elliot (knee), Tim Krul (knee) and Massadio Haidara (knee) remain on the treatment table.

Crystal Palace - Winger Wilfried Zaha is a doubt with a hamstring injury, while defender Brede Hangeland (knock), striker Marouane Chamakh (groin) and forward Kwesi Appiah (knee) are all sidelined.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Rafa Benitez, Newcastle manager: "Obviously we have to win. Crystal Palace will try their best but at this stage of the season everyone wants to win and knows how important it is. The last few games we have seen the team spirit and the character - that is why everyone has more confidence. Hopefully we can score the first goal and get the fans behind the team. Hopefully we will see that until the end of the season and into next season in the Premier League."

Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace manager: "I loved managing Newcastle. "I had some great times there and some difficult ones. They've improved under Rafa Benitez. He's managed at the very top of the game. Of course I want them to stay up. I'm desperate they stay up. Having said that, my job is to get the three points for Crystal Palace. The atmosphere will be red hot and their team has improved. It's a tough ask to try to win there."


REFEREE
Mike Dean (The Wirral): 2015/16 record - 37 games, 123 yellow cards, 11 red cards


PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Darren Ambrose, John Burridge, Yohan Cabaye, Fitz Hall, Shefki Kuqi, Peter Ramage, Wayne Routledge, Andy Thorn


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DID YOU KNOW?
Crystal Palace have won six competitive matches in 2016 but five of those have come in the FA Cup, and only one in the Premier League.