Saturday’s Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park is an opportunity for Crystal Palace to earn points against a top-four team for the second time in four days.
In midweek’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United, Patrick Vieira’s team waited until the very end to salvage a point, and the Magpies did the same to defeat Fulham 1-0 at the weekend.
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The loss of Guimaraes is unquestionably a major blow to Newcastle’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League, and the league’s meanest defense will need to put their patience-building exercises to good use against a Palace team that has already shut them out twice this season.
But Howe’s team will undoubtedly benefit from a lack of action during the week, and even though Saturday’s game might not feature many goals, the Magpies should win it nonetheless.
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Who knows how Eagles starlet Michael Olise managed to contain his joy on Wednesday night after producing a magnificent free kick in the final seconds of regulation to ensure that Palace would prevent Man United from overtaking them in the Premier League table?
Bruno Fernandes’ curling goal off a pass from Christian Eriksen gave the Red Devils the lead just before halftime, but Olise’s unstoppable free kick off the crossbar with minutes left saved a point for Palace.
As it stands, Palace is still mired in 12th place and five points off the top half of the table. If David de Gea had not diverted Odsonne Edouard’s shot onto the bar, the Eagles might even have earned three points. However, Vieira took pleasure in once again haunting Man United.
Wednesday’s draw with the Red Devils put an end to Crystal Palace’s three-game losing streak across all competitions. Their February schedule is daunting to say the least, with games against Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Liverpool in addition to another matchup with Man United.
Vieira’s team is winless at home in three Premier League games, and the superstitious fans among us might be interested to learn that Palace have lost eight straight Premier League games at Selhurst Park that begin at 5.30 p.m. on a Saturday. The Eagles could very well find themselves slipping down the table as spring approaches.
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When Aleksandar Mitrovic thought he had given Fulham the lead from the penalty spot last Sunday, replays revealed that the Serbian had touched the ball twice as he slipped, quickly turning what could have been a dream return to St James’ Park into a nightmare.
After receiving an odd reprieve, Newcastle summoned the cavalry and waited until the 89th minute to finish the job. Alexander Isak, a substitute, headed home to end the tight game and put Eddie Howe’s team’s patience to the ultimate test.
Newcastle is still very much in the mix for the Champions League at the halfway point of the season, clinging to fourth place in the table and lying just one point behind Man United and Manchester City, as well as being five clear of Tottenham Hotspur after the Lilywhites lost to the champions on Thursday. While any talk of a title challenge may be premature, Newcastle are still very much in the mix.
Newcastle’s resolute defense, which is entering the match on a 14-game unbeaten run in the top flight, has kept clean sheets in their last five Premier League games while only allowing 11 goals overall – naturally the best defensive record in the league.
In addition, the visitors have won four of their last six away Premier League contests, and they have already played Palace to a pair of scoreless draws this year, the most recent of which resulted in an EFL Cup third-round victory on penalties.
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Joachim Andersen, the center back for Crystal Palace, is out for a few more days with a calf injury, which allowed Chris Richards to make his first Premier League start in midweek. However, it could be argued that Richards was fortunate not to have given up a penalty after colliding with Scott McTominay.
While Andersen is being attended to by Nathan Ferguson and James McArthur in the medical area, Vieira might be tempted to make changes to his starting lineup despite the win over Man United, where Jean-Philippe Mateta started but was substituted before the hour.
Will Hughes can be confident that he will keep his position in the engine room, but Jordan Ayew and Eberechi Eze will be vying for recalls in the final third.
After Sunday’s victory over Fulham, Newcastle’s initial elation quickly gave way to worry after Bruno Guimaraes, who had rolled his ankle, made it to halftime before leaving the field in tears and leaving the stadium on crutches.
Guimaraes will join Emil Krafth, Paul Dummett, Matt Targett, and Jonjo Shelvey in the rehabilitation facility; no timetable for his return has yet been set.
In Guimaraes’ absence, Joelinton, who started against Fulham despite a recent DUI charge, should move back to midfield, allowing the dangerous Allan Saint-Maximin to get a rare start out wide. Meanwhile, Isak will be vying for Callum Wilson’s number nine spot with Chris Wood on the move to Nottingham Forest.
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