In 29 league games this season, Crystal Palace have scored only 19 goals – the worst in the Premier League – and in fact it’s the lowest number of goals scored by any club in the top four leagues in England.
Marouane Chamakh – injured and out of tomorrow’s game
So if you look at that statistic, you could say that Palace should muster little threat to Newcastle tomorrow, but that would be dangerous – very dangerous, because strange things always happen in football – and when you are least expecting them.
However, it gets even worse for Palace, as they currently have what amounts to a striker crisis, in that both strikers Marouane Chamakh and Dwight Gayle are out of the Newcastle game with injury.
Marouane Chamakh, the Moroccan International and former Arsenal striker has a hamstring strain, and now Dwight Gayle as an ankle injury, and it’s not known how long he will be out for.
Glenn Murray and Cameron Jerome, who is on loan from Tony Pulis’ former club Stoke City, has one goal in 22 appearances this season and is available for the game tomorrow.
And Glenn Murray make up the two strikers that are fit for the game at St. James’ Park tomorrow afternoon.
This is what Tony Pulis has said today about Chamakh being missing:
“Chamakh won’t be fit for Saturday. It is a massive blow because he plays that position so, so well,” “He is a good player, can score goals and he can drop into that number 10 position.” “It is a miss, but we have to get on with it.”
So it would appear if Newcastle can get a goal, and better still a couple of goals,we should have a decent chance of coming away with all 3 points from the game – maybe.
But of course Newcastle are not the threat in front of goal we are when Loic Remy is in the side, and he’s out injured tomorrow and also Tuesday night against Everton, with that calf injury.
Tony Pulis is probably hoping for a shock result at St. James’ Park tomorrow, with Newcastle missing two of our very best players — Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy – and striker Papiss Cisse and Luuk de Jong not showing any goal scoring form recently.
So just like last week at Fulham we have to wonder where the goals will come from and that’s why we hope Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and young local lad Adam Armstrong are on the bench, because all three have those creative skills necessary to open up opposing defenses.
Then we hope somebody – maybe Moussa Sissoko again – can put that ball into the back of the net.
Howay The Lads!!