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It’s been a mixed bag of results and performances for Crystal Palace this season but they will be looking to clock up their second win of the campaign as they host Newcastle this weekend.
After failing to find the net in their first two matches, Patrick Vieira’s side hit two against West Ham in a draw in east London and then plundered three against Tottenham in a sweeping win at home.
They were brought back to earth by Liverpool who dismantled them 3-0 at Anfield and have since drawn three on the bounce, the latest a 2-2 away to Arsenal as Alexandre Lacezette’s 95th minute equaliser denied the Eagles a famous, and deserving, win.
But as chaotic as that all seems for a club battling in 14th place despite some impressive performances, it is nothing compared to the madness unfolding at Newcastle.
The Magpies are now reportedly the richest club in the world after the controversial takeover of a Saudi-led. That hasn’t made an immediate impact however as they’re still languishing in the relegation zone without a win from eight games and have since sacked their beleaguered manager Steve Bruce.
An early lead against Tottenham last week suggested a possible new-owner bounce, but they eventually succumbed to a 3-2 reverse. Palace will be eager to heap more misery on the Geordies.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle is scheduled for a 3pm BST kick-off on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Selhurst Park in London.
Where to watch Crystal Palace vs Newcastle
Saturday’s match will not be broadcast live in the UK.
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle team news
Wilfried Zaha missed Palace’s draw with Arsenal as a result of an illness he picked up while on international duty with Ivory Coast. It is unclear what exactly had afflicted the the star forward but he is expected to return to the squad, if not the starting line-up.
Other concerns revolve around the long term absences of Nathan Ferguson, who is out with a shin injury with no return day, and Eberechi Eze whi is suffering from lower leg problems.
There is also a decision to be made about the forward line. Odsonne Édouard and Christian Benteke both started against Arsenal, and appeared to work cohesively, but there is no doubt that both strikers would prefer to stand on centre stage on their own.
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle prediction
This one is difficult to call. Newcastle’s players will obviously, surely, come out with fire in their bellies, desperate to not only prove that they belong in the Premier League but also secure their long-term futures with the club once the major transfers start arriving.
Palace meanwhile will want to demonstrate some consistency. A stop-start opening the campaign has belied the attractive football they have played at times. A statement win against a struggling opponent could take them as high as 11th.
Crystal Palace 2-1 Newcastle
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Premier League era
Crystal Palace wins: 5
Newcastle wins: 10