Newcastle v Crystal Palace – Premier League match preview

Magpies v Eagles
Magpies v Eagles
Newcastle go in search of their first league win of the campaign as they welcome Crystal Palace to St James’ Park tomorrow.

After successfully negotiating a potentially tricky League Cup tie at Gillingham midweek, a twist of fate with the draw means that our opponents tomorrow will also be our opponents in the next round of that competition, who now have a familiar face back at the helm.

Neil Warnock was confirmed as the new boss at Selhurst Park returning for a second stint in charge of the Eagles following the departure of Tony Pulis a few weeks back. A new manager will generally bring fresh impetus and United will have to guard against that tomorrow. Buoyed by the resigning of Wilfried Zaha on a season long loan deal, this is far from the rudderless Palace that we’ve seen since the start of the season.

However we are the home side and need to start picking up points in the league. A win before the international break would be most welcome indeed. It’s not that we’ve been playing badly but there does seem to be a lack of attacking edge which undermines some decent performances, and with a shaky defence our lack of goals should be even more of a concern.


Cheik Tiote is once again missing as are Davide Santon and Papiss Cisse. Hatem Ben Arfa is still out of the loop while Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is also unlikely to be involved due to an impending move if speculation is to be believed.

Jack Colback and Rolando Aarons are available for selection.

Crystal Palace:

Joe Ledley and Scott Dann are both doubtful for the trip to the North-East but otherwise Neil Warnock has a full squad to choose from.


United beat Palace home and away last term, a 3-0 victory at Selhurst Park followed by a slender 1-0 win on Tyneside. Indeed it was the same story when the two sides met in the Championship with United racking up six points from the two meetings.

We do have a good history against palace, last tasting defeat against the Eagles in March 1998 and we’ve not conceded a goal against them since January 1999.

Overall 31 matches have been played between the two clubs with United amassing an impressive 20 victories compared to just seven for Palace with four draws making up the numbers. Just two defeats on Tyneside for the Magpies with the Eagles taking all three points in 1998 as mentioned earlier and 1971 prior to that.

Stats and facts…

Newcastle have won just one of the last ten league fixtures.

United have lost four of the last five home league games.

Crystal Palace have conceded two or more goals in each of their last five league games.

Palace Captain Mile Jedinak made more tackles than any other Premier League player last season. He’s also made the most tackles so far this season.

Final thought…

Whilst we do have a good record it’s also important to point out that we’ve never ‘hammered’ Palace. I suspect that will be the case tomorrow also. As much as I’d love to see us rack up a few goals and for everything to click, I don’t think it will. It’s very early days still but the importance is winning the match regardless of score. If it’s 1-0 then so be it.

I’m always wary when a club we are facing has a new manager. Often there is an uplift in performance and a Neil Warnock is traditionally hard to beat anyway. All those things combined mean that I expect to see another nervy afternoon for the Magpies.

Howay the lads!

Date: Saturday, 30th August, 2014

Time: 3pm

Venue: St James’ Park

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

  1. MARK Troy doesnt bother me one bit,better men have tried and failed,but its my way of getting bites from him ive lost count of how many times he bites,it a shame really but he goes on trying good luck to him 😉


  2. Ice

    Are these boxes legal? how can they get skySpts etc as easy as they do.

    seems too good to be true. watched a few vids now and it looks unbelievable.

    Are the matches good quality like sky sports normal channels or are they just linked to internet streaming site?

    sorry for all of the questions


  3. Ice , Cheers for that . My internet is Virgin with tv, and phone, so would I just cancel the tv bit then or what? They would obviously come and take my box away so I would be watching regular tv then plus plug in that box you got yeah. How does it stand legal wise if you are getting stations for free like?


  4. MARK if i can give you a tip,dont take a lot of notice of paperwork that comes with it,its fine but i found its better to go on his site via utube there is a step by step on how to set it up


  5. KIM you an get all the tv prog you need with the box,no your in nee bother watching anything its via a third party so you clear,i have checked that point with him,if i was you and wanted one get it set it up and try it for a while,then dump sky/virgin when your happy,anyway thats what i did,only trouble i have found is wor lass knows how much extra i have in my pocket,strange how many things we need now lol,remember keep off those XXX down loads or you will end up dreaming of Pardew 😆 😆


  6. Ice, I’m a total technophobe mate not sure I can do it like, I can’t even get on with the tablet she got me lol


  7. MARK its nee bother mate,there are a few streams on it some are not so good others are good you just have to use it and find the best one for you,some are not English but you can change it to English,all i can say play with it its great fun you cannot stuff anything up (like i did lol) as there is a fix it now on it so just click it and it comes good again just make sure you un-plug it for 5sec after you click “fix me now”bit


  8. KIM ime a bit of a thicko too,i wont change my phone because the new one do my heed in so your in good company,why dont you go on utube at and look at how to set up box its step by step,then make your mind up thats about all i can advise mate,i love mine after many c—k ups


  9. Wow! Shucks. I’m feeling the love. 😳

    FTSOTB 🙂

    Hook, line and blog. 😛

    I’ve scored some points today lads & lasses 😆


  10. cheers ice mate. Ive got Amazon Prime for £70 a year. totally crap, I can get all of the programs off Pirate bay thats on Prime. Even worse, I never knew I had it for 6month until I was doing my accounts & noticed a payment. Ive cancelled it but it lasts for a year. I also have the full Virgin package bar the Sky Spts and Movies, but i have BTSpts

    I’ll let kim get it first and she can test it out for me 😀 shhhh don’t tell her 😉


  11. Kim for what, have a look at the OUYA box, it’s also a game console, it has all the features you would need, it’s Andriod based, has a really great processor. With excellent forum backup, then it’s into for xbmc.


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