Crystal Palace vs Newcastle – Match Preview

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Newcastle will be trying to make it six wins in the last eight league games at Selhurst Park this afternoon, and if we can do that, we’ll get ourselves off to an excellent start to the Christmas season.

Newcastle are  in almost a polar opposite position today than we were a short 12 months ago, when we had lots of injuries to our top players and we were languishing in 6th bottom place in the league table.

At the moment we are 6th top and have no injuries to the first team squad at all,  and therefore the team will be at full strength this afternoon.

The manager Alan Pardew will need to decide what formation he plays this afternoon, at a club he played for over 20 years ago,  and it will either be a 4-4-2 formation or a modified 4-5-1 formation.

If it is 4-4-2 then Shola Ameobi will start and if it’s 4-5-1 we think Vurnon Anita will keep his place.

But whatever the formation is. we’ll definitely see Yohan Cabaye back in a starting midfield role for the Magpies.

We have a feeling that Pardew will retain Anita in the starting lien-up,  so this could be the side that starts this afternoon at Selhurst Park:

Debuchy Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Sissoko Tiote Cabaye Anita Gouffran
Subs: Elliot Haidara Yanga-Mbia Ben Arfa Gutierrez Cisse Ameobi (Sh)

That’s both a strong starting eleven and a very strong bench.

Crystal Palace have been in good form over the last five league games, and they have three wins and two one goal defeats – so this will be a tough game for the Magpies today.

Alan Pardew has a 100% record at Selhurst Park so let’s hope he still has that record intact tat 5:00 pm this afternoon.

In our poll on the possible outcome of this game, a high 64% think we’ll win and 23% think we’ll draw the game.

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Our view is that this will be a difficult game and akin to playing Stoke at the Britannia Stadium when Tony Pulis was manager there – it will be a tough physical game and very close.

So if Loic Remy or any of the other Newcastle players get chances this afternoon, they will just have to take them if we are indeed to come away from Selhurst Park with all 3 points.

We really do think this will be tricky game for Newcastle.

What do you think?

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43 comments so far

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    if we play a 4-4-2 i believe our 2 midfielder’s will be pressured, Palace plays a little deep so it would be easier for us to play behind them since the space between there defence & midfield would be huge.

    4-3-3 imo would benefit us in every way and could see us having 3-4 goals

    but i voted us to lose only if we play a 4-4-2

  • Jamesh

    Dec 21, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #2

    We have won 2-0 in 4 out of the last 5 against Palace. So thats my prediction for today!

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 21, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3


    wasn’t the last 2-0 win was in 2010?

  • NUFCarter

    Dec 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Gus Poyet is looking to save Sunderlands relegation problems by signing 33 year old Wayne Bridge, Haha depending on his fitness.

  • jimiley

    Dec 21, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Anybody know what has happened to our director of football and what he is doing for his money. Nice work if you can get it?

  • Douglas

    Dec 21, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #6

    I’m normally pesimistic but I’ll go for a 2-2 draw

  • Jamesh

    Dec 21, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah in the championship. Think we’ll pass them out of the park today, can’t see Chamakh doing anything against Colo & Williamson. Our pace and energy will be too much for them today.

  • Oldgit1

    Dec 21, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #8

    @ hatem Why the fcuking hell will you go and crawl under a stone where you belong, your comments re pards are pathetic, one dimensional and very predicable.

    What other manager would put up with the restraints he has to deal with. Get off his back and lend some support not only to him but the team.

    Today him and his team will get my full support. You should go and support another team, your support is and never will be good enough for the toon.

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Dec 21, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9

    My non black and white bias says 1-1 but think we could edge it 2-1 we always struggle when we concede first …

  • AaranD

    Dec 21, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Hoping for a good day at the office from our lads, keep the ball well and take our chances when they come. Should eventually out class them but good teams have been beaten away to Palace so can see it being a close one but I’d go for a 2-0.

  • MosesNUFC

    Dec 21, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Debuchy M’Biwa Colo Haidara
    Sissoko Tiote
    Ben Arfa Cabaye Gouffran

    I really want to see the lads give us an 80-90min dominating performance and see quite a few goals. it would give a massive confidence boost to the team and fans

  • bills-son

    Dec 21, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #12

    They will be confident and up for it and they won’t back off even if they concede early. Plus the crowd are loud and close to the pitch.

    This game isn’t about who is the most skilful if it was we would be bankers. It’s about our bottle and determination and if we match them for effort we’ll win. If not we could lose.

    In that respect its similar to the Sunderland game and that day some our players didn’t turn up. This game will tell us alot about the character of the team.

  • AaranD

    Dec 21, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #13

    Totally agree bill-son. It’s games like these where players can get found out in a tough gritty Prem game. We will need our leaders to step up today.

  • DokToon

    Dec 21, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #14

    gmorning all, from the dark side of the pond…

    stuck at work, will miss the match…

    bills, i think youre spot on there…as welll as aaran… stand up today toon!

  • bills-son

    Dec 21, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #15


    I think leaders are one of the things we are short of in the squad. Neither Colo, Cabaye or Tiote are fist waving shouting captains and apart from STaylor none of the other players look that type either.

    These are the type of games where you need a few big characters on the pitch.

  • mindshaft

    Dec 21, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Lashing it down and windy as a fat dog here in south londib – not a great day for footy

  • AaranD

    Dec 21, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #17

    Out of them players got to hand it to Tiote, really upped his game this season and when he got the arm band he played like a captain. Colo being captain is far enough though, good experienced defender seen it all and always seems calm.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 21, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #18

    Aye mate it’s bloody horrible and near on raining sideways!!

  • roy

    Dec 21, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #19

    If Coloccini plays they will get a goal, but NUFC, should have too much in the tank for the relegation certs 1-3.

  • Ted Bundy

    Dec 21, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #20

    Hoping this is the game we completely outclass a team and come away comfortable winners; to be frank, we have vastly better players in every position – the caveat is the weather, sounds like it cold be a leveller, still, no excuses! No good turning over Man U, Chelsea and Spurs if you can take all 3 points from the struggling teams.

  • Slank

    Dec 21, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Ed’s team looks good. They should be able to control the midfield. I don’t see Jonas on the bench as he played for the reserves last night and played well.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 21, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Only variable is that bad weather is a great leveller of competition. We should be way too good for them. Should.

    Nice to see that some are getting their digs in against players well in advance. Nice display of total lack of any knowledge (slow applause)

  • pawl250

    Dec 21, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Away from home we should always pack the midfield…

    4-5-1 as seen at Man Utd and as not seen at Swansea

    ——————— Krul
    Debuchy — Mbiwa – Coloccini — Santon
    Sissoko – Cabaye – Tiote – Anita – Gouffran
    ——————— Remy

    At home we should play more attacking

    ——————— Krul
    Debuchy – Mbiwa – Coloccini – Santon
    ———- Sissoko – Tiote – Cabaye
    Ben Arfa ———- Remy —— Gouffram

  • davetoon

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #24

    We should be able to win comfortably. Need to work on our -1 goal difference.


    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #25

    jimiley at 5.-maybe he is doing a good job behind the scenes,maybe he is part of the reason behind the improvement this season or maybe not who knows he could be deciding on a player.i find the press are against him because he has no time for them.the only thing he has said which i found wrong was in the summer he said on his honor we would sign someone and did not.also he knows sammy and he is coming on which he is not.

  • Mister Tuff

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Really we should be too good for Palace -so I’m going to go for a 3 -1 win to the Toon.


    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #27

    we need today for williamson to play and have a good game,todays conditions ideal for a stopper.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Liverpool 1-0 sadly seems to be the end of Makay’s tenure, hopefully there owner will see sense

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #29


    Cardiff’s owner really puts our issues with ashley into perspetcive.

    We think ashley isn’t doing enough where they wish their’s was not doing enough instead of doing way too much of the wrong things…and massively wrong too.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #30

    On todays game I think it’s one we should win, we have to work hard but won’t get many easier away games than this.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #31

    True the man is an absolute head case!
    Be a tough game today, confident of 3 points weathers calmed down a little bit but still threatening to open up again, just hope the lads turn up with the same attitude they have had lately, should have far to much for palace

  • manxpie

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #32

    sage for me they have easily the worst squad in the league so i think they’ve done very well since pulis has came in
    but i’m not that worried about today think we’ll have to much for them
    owen must be 1 of the worst commentators around like!!

  • mindshaft

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Todays team

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

  • manxpie

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #34

    wouldn’t surprise me if tan sacks mckay now before the 2nd half kicks off!

  • colwell

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #35

    Fcuk me Liverpool look awesome, 3-0 up at half time and 76% possession.

  • AaranD

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #36

    I was thinking the same thing xD. It was the way he took those gloves off…

  • Ted Bundy

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #37

    If Suarez stays fit he’s gonna piss all over Big Al’s and Ronaldo’s 38 game PL season goals record of 31. Different class to any other player in the league, as much as a git he is. Might drag Liverpool to the title, too.

  • roy

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Nice to see Raylor, sitting with Gerrard at the Liverpool game, instead of watching the Mags.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 21, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #39

    if Michael owen says ” I tell you what ” one more time I’ll break the screen !!!

    That said Liverpool play awesome football the way I’d love to see us play.

    Pardew has made us effectively functional but it doesn’t get the pulses racing which with the players we have it really should.

    Hate to say it but Liverpool, Arsenal. City and Everton are just superb to watch and we will never really threaten them with out poor GD sadly.

  • Ted Bundy

    Dec 21, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #40

    4-3-3): Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini (c), Williamson, Santon; Anita, Cabaye, Tiote; Sissoko, Remy, Gouffr


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