Preview - Newcastle vs Crystal Palace 21 Oct

Started by Bensergi, Oct 21, 2017, 02:56 PM

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Newcastle vs Crystal Palace
The start of the week saw Newcastle owner Mike Ashley putting the club for sale. He will certainly need a stirring display from his team to attract potential investors. Striker Dwight Gayle has been ruled out though as the former Crystal Palace hotshot continues to struggle with a catalogue of injuries.

Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Jack Colback and Rolando Aarons all remain out as well.

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace, who have finally got their first goals and points in the 2-1 win over Chelsea last weekend, will need to choose between Julian Speroni or Wayne Hennessey in goal.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is back in contention after he was ineligible to play against his parent club, but Christian Benteke continues to be stuck on the sidelines.

The Magpies have lost only one of their last 13 league and cup games against Palace, winning 9 of them. The Eagles' last EPL win at Newcastle was a 2-1 back in March 1998.

A Newcastle victory will see them record their highest EPL points tally after nine games since the 2011/12 season, where they finished fifth.


Match Stats:

  • Newcastle 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • Shots: 19-11
  • Possession: 55%-45%
  • Corner kicks: 3-5

Mikel Merino scored his first Premier League goal to give Newcastle United a late 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at St James' Park.

The midfielder, whose loan move from Borussia Dortmund was made permanent this month, headed in a Matt Ritchie corner four minutes from full-time.

Palace had the better of the chances but Wilfried Zaha headed wide from an Andros Townsend cross.

Townsend twice shot over before Patrick van Aanholt was inches away from converting from Ruben Loftus-Cheek's pass.

But despite being buoyed by their first win of the season against Chelsea last weekend, Palace were hit by a sucker punch when Merino scored to take Newcastle up to sixth.

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