By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United travel to Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off).
Both sides go into the fixture on good runs of recent form, although at different ends of the top flight table.
The Magpies have tasted just one defeat in their last seven games and currently sit sixth, while Palace have won two of their last three matches but are still playing catch-up after a poor start and find themselves one point and one place from safety.
These teams haven't met since the 2009/10 campaign, when Newcastle romped to the Championship title. In that campaign, United ran out 2-0 winners against the Eagles both home and away.
Saturday's meeting is the 31st match between the two clubs, and the 25th in the league.
Newcastle's allocation for this fixture has sold out.
27th January, 2010 - Newcastle 2 (Derry og 20, Ranger 90) Crystal Palace 0
Newcastle (4-4-2): Steve Harper; Tamas Kadar, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique (Fabrice Pancrate 25); Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez (Nile Ranger 73); Andy Carroll, Peter Lovenkrands (Wayne Routledge 62)
Crystal Palace (4-5-1): Julian Speroni; Nathaniel Clyne, Danny Butterfield, Clint Hill, Lee Hills (Kieran Djilali 75); Neil Danns, Shaun Derry, Jonny Ertl (Matt Lawrence 4), Nick Carle (Alan Lee 82), Darren Ambrose; Calvin Andrew
FULL RECORD v CRYSTAL PALACE
P30 W18 D5 L7 F44 A23
(Last six games - all competitions)
Crystal Palace - LWWLWD
Newcastle - DWLWWW
Crystal Palace (v Chelsea, Premier League): Julian Speroni; Adrian Mariappa, Danny Gabbidon, Damien Delaney, Joel Ward; Barry Bannan (Yannick Bolasie 51), Mile Jedinak, Kagisho Dikgacoi (Stuart O'Keefe 26), Jason Puncheon; Cameron Jerome, Marouane Chamakh (Dwight Gayle 88)
Not used: Lewis Price, Jonathan Parr, Jonathan Williams, Jimmy Kebe
Newcastle (v Southampton, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon (Massadio Haidara 78); Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran (Hatem Ben Arfa 73); Shola Ameobi (Papiss Cisse 60), Loic Remy
Not used: Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi
Crystal Palace - Marouane Chamakh (4)
Newcastle - Loic Remy (8)
Crystal Palace - The Eagles should be able to call upon defender Dean Moxey, who missed their trip to Chelsea last time out with a hamstring complaint. Midfielders Kagisho Dikgacoi, Stuart O'Keefe and Jonny Williams all face late fitness tests, while definitely ruled out are Jerome Thomas (calf), Adlene Guedioura (broken ribs), Jack Hunt (ankle), Paddy McCarthy (groin) and Glenn Murray (knee). Striker Marouane Chamakh is just one booking away from a ban.
Newcastle - Midfielder Yohan Cabaye is available, having served a one-game suspension against Southampton, and United's only injury is Ryan Taylor (knee), who remains sidelined for the season. Midfield duo Moussa Sissoko and Cheick Tiote have both been booked four times this season, so are one caution away from a single-game suspension.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Tony Pulis, Crystal Palace manager: "(Newcastle) are a top six club. They have invested very heavily in the French market over the past few years, they have got some top, top players and Remy has brought them a cutting edge. Their away performances have been good so we know how tough it is going to be. We have to be really on it to get anything out of the game."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "This game means a little bit more to me because of my history there. I had some fantastic times there at a great club. I'm so pleased they've picked up under my old pal Tony Pulis. He's certainly got the ball rolling and that makes our job tougher. We're playing well and we need to bring that to Selhurst Park."
Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire): 2013/14 record - 12 games, 37 yellow cards, 1 red card
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DID YOU KNOW?
Since Tony Pulis was appointed Crystal Palace manager, the Eagles have averaged 246 passes per game. Newcastle's average is 379.