Crystal Palace v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

Eagles v Magpies
Eagles v Magpies
Newcastle look to get back to winning ways this weekend at Selhurst Park as they take on Crystal Palace.

Last weekend we slipped up against Southampton and although a draw was probably a fair result on the day I still can’t shake the vision of Loic Remy’s hideous miss out of my mind. On another day…

Still these things happen. I was watching the reaction on Match of the Day and two of the greatest strikers the Premier League has ever seen (Thierry Henry and our own Alan Shearer) admitted to misses such as that which is good enough for me. It’s done now, and at least there is the chance to rectify things against Crystal Palace tomorrow.

The Eagles have been improving though and new boss Tony Pulis has made them harder to beat in much the same way Stoke were under him so don’t expect an easy ride. They’ve won their two home fixtures to date under Pulis and will be eyeing up another win after running Chelsea close at Stamford Bridge last weekend. They are fighting for their lives and for us to get anything we must match that fight and let our ability do the talking.

Crystal Palace:

Jack Hunt, Glenn Murray, Jerome Thomas and Adlene Guedioura are all out while Kagisho Dikgacoi, Stuart O’Keefe and Jonny Williams will face late fitness tests ahead of the match. However Dean Moxey should be available.


Yohan Cabaye returns after missing out the draw against Southampton through suspension. However Moussa Sissoko and Cheik and Cheik Tiote are just one yellow card each away from following Cabaye and missing a match.

Aside from Ryan Taylor, Newcastle have a fully fit squad to choose from.


You have to go back to our season in the Championship to find our list visit to Selhurst Park. We ran out 2-0 winners with goals from Ryan Taylor and Kevin Nolan giving us the victory.

In the Premier League we’ve played four times at Selhurst Park and we’ve won all four matches. The last victory for Palace on their own soil came in 1984 in the old Second Division.

Overall there have been 32 matches played between the two sides. Newcastle have won 20, Palace have won eight with the other four ending in a draw.

Stats and facts…

Arguably the two form players in this match used to play on the same team at Bordeaux. Marouane Chamakh (four for the season) has scored in Palace’s last three games while Yoan Gouffran (six for the season) has scored five goals in our last eight games.

Palace haven’t scored against Newcastle in any of the last five meetings between the two sides.

Newcastle have the same points tally at this stage of the season as they did in 2011/2012 when we finished 5th.

Palace have scored fewer goals (11) and have picked up fewer yellow cards (16) than any other side so far this season.

Final thought…

Alan Pardew will return to a club which holds fond memories for him and where fans hold high opinion of him after scoring a famous FA Cup Semi-Final goal for the Eagles against Liverpool back in 1990.

However those memories mean nothing to me and I’m looking at what is best for my team. We possess everything we need to win the game but we need to show it on the day. For some reason though I have a niggling worry about this match and just hope the slip up against Southampton has brought the players down a peg or two after the win at Old Trafford.

Howay the lads!

Date: Saturday, 21st December, 2013

Time: 3pm

Venue: Selhurst Park

About toonsy

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60 thoughts on “Crystal Palace v Newcastle – Premier League match preview

  1. Nice one Toonsy, bout time mate 😉 no reason why we can’t win this one…so who knows how we will go 😆


  2. Yeah I’m expecting a win, Pulis has got them chasing down quickly etc but if we move the ball around quickly we should be able to get behind them and grab a goal or two.
    Just need to be careful at set pieces and don’t defend too high up


  3. I expect lots of balls over the top as teams seem to have worked out that both Collo and Willo can be caught out by this


  4. I think Pullis will have them well organised and he always has a strong defence. He seems to have Chamakah and Jerome playing well and scoring goals at the moment as well. It won’t be an easy game and its far from a likely win IMO, as they pushed Chelsea hard in their last game.
    I know it probably is every week, but I think this could be a good game to use Ben Arfa.


  5. AMF – Twat 😆

    Internet changover took a bit longer than expected but I now have superfast fibreoptic thingybobs. Plugged it in Tuesday and it worked straight away but kept dropping off so I couldn’t do anything online really. Found out that it was because Sky were messing with the line settings to set stable speeds etc. Fingers crossed its ok.

    Mark’s laptop has blown up aswell which is why he hasn’t been able to write.


  6. Toonsy – the new mobile set up is mint tho, 555 posts on the last one and I could still get it, where the old one wouldn’t let me in after around 350. I’m not sure our fellow blogists are so pleased like 🙄 😉


  7. With them fighting for their lives and Pulis organising we’ll have to be at our best to win. Not too confident about that and generally dread the games we’re expected to win 🙄


  8. @ SHARPY17
    why on earth you keep shouting about afra all afra cares about is afra he aint no team player and when it comes to defending from the front hes about as much use as a chocolate fire guard


  9. God only knows how this one will pan out like. On paper given their start you’d have to say we should win but Pulis has instilled a bit of fight into them and could well scupper our chances . Oh well if the lads are up for it enough we should get 3 points . 😉


  10. Lawro’s prediction: 1-1
    David Cameron’s prediction: 1-2
    Troops’ prediction: 0-2

    Proof (if it was needed) that Lawro is an even tw@t than Cameron! 😆


  11. TAE – it shows how much attention you pay to my posts 😆
    I’m Bennys biggest critic usually, but I just think this could be the type of game he could have an impact


  12. Think a draw tomorrow as they seem to have had a pick me up from Pulis.

    I’m off to Sydney tomorrow via Hong Kong for Christmas and New Year. 3am soccer!


  13. Kim – aye, he’d be used to give Gouffran a rest for like, both cover **** loads of ground. He’s been a good servant to us over the years, so I hope we haven’t seen the last of Old Jonas.

    Stu – can’t be bad mate!. Hope you have a great time – top of the league by the time you return hopefully


  14. If we don’t find a way to start scoring goals again, then we are done for.
    The odd goal or two from Gouffy is only papering over the cracks.
    Cisse – no goals all season so far.
    Remy – no goals in last 4 matches.
    Never scored more than 2 goals in a game all season.
    It’s about time we burst someone elses bubble for a change.
    0-3 to the Toon
    Howay the Lads


  15. BB
    The fact that we are 6th with a -1 goal difference tells it all. We have slim wins and heavier defeats. I don’t mind the fact that we haven’t got lots of prolific goalscorers as long as we don’t go ahead and then become really negative; we should go for a second and a third. Perhaps it has something to do with the lack of pace at the back but Pardew has always seemed to sit on a lead rather than go for the kill. Tomorrow will be a test but in all honesty if we are to make progress at the top end, we should be getting something from Palace. I wish them well and hope the survive as the only Saawwff London team, but not tomorrow. 😛


  16. I can’t wait to hear what Stuart thinks of Oz. I am sure it will all positive, he is that sort of bloke after all 😆 😆


  17. Stu@25&Dave@27, Our last big PL win was in the 2010/11 season on our return to top flight footie with 3 big wins v VILLA 6.0, Scum 5,1 and WestHam 5.1. Since then our biggest win was 3.0 v Stoke and Manure in 11/12 season at home and 3.0 vWigan last season .
    The Fizzy pop season was good recording a 4.0,4.1,5.1 and 6.1 over Ipswich,Blackpool ,Cardiff and Barnsley. 😉

    Hopefully today is the day we record this seasons highest score. If not I will settle for 1st febs match :mrgreen: 😈


  18. So we don’t score many goals and certainly don’t beat teams comfortably.

    As for Australia, I won’t be a whinging Pom as I’ll be pissed most of the time. This isn’t my first trip to Oz, I stayed in Brisbane for 9 months back in 2002 and had a wonderful time in Sydney during NYE and Mardi Gras. All great fun!


  19. Palace will give us just the kind of game we have struggled with all season. so instead of thinking about it here is a ransom joke:

    How many tourettes sufferers sites it **** to **** a lightbollock?


  20. I would like to see Cisse start, simply because he is more unlikely to score when Newcastle switch off in the second half. Starting may also be the boost his morale needs. It could also be argued that Shola is more effective late in the second half when the oppositions legs are as immobile as his.


  21. I too hope Ameobi isnt playing, one good game in about twenty and no league goals in a year cannot justify his selection.


  22. Ice yeah mate me and Dede got our early xmas present. He has only 1 white spot the size of a 5p piece on his chest so thats as close to pure blue I think I would find.
    His mum is all irish champs and the dad is from english champs so good bloodline. Just getting used to him chewing everything 😀 and attacking your feet


  23. I hate the way commentators go on about Suarez – he scores a standard goal and you have Owen and co going on about world class finish blah blah


  24. Todays team

    Krul – Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon – Tiote, Anita – Sissoko, Cabaye, Gouffran – Remy


  25. If this turn to 0-4 win or more for Liverpool, give a perfect reason for Vincent Tan to sack the cardiff city manager.

    Goodbye~~ for another sacking 🙄 🙄


  26. I hate Suarez – he may be getting 200k a week but he does have to live in Liverpool so I’m not sure its worth it


  27. 10 goals in 4 matches!

    What makes it worse is he is a racist, worldcup cheating, ear chewing, arm biting animal 👿

    If he was in Spain would he have had 20 goals in 4 matches?

    Personally i think it’s odd he settled for £200k when Bale is getting £300k.


  28. Liverpool have scored 17 goals in 4 matches 😯

    Suarez is responsible for 10 of those.

    It’s risky when you become dependent on only one players (same as us with Remy)

    Sterling x 3


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