Newcastle have a chance to climb back into third place with a result this afternoon at Crystal Palace. Manchester United are just 1 point above with a difficult trip to Emirates looming on Sunday.
Eddie Howe’s team selection is a point of intrigue heading into the match. Bruno Guimaraes has reportedly recovered enough from his ankle injury to make the traveling squad. Allan Saint-Maximin and Alexander Isak will also be itching to start.
I suspect Howe will not risk Bruno for the full 90 minutes. Allan Saint-Maximin hasn’t started in the league since August and will be motivated to impress should he get the nod. I suspect he will with Joelinton moving to the midfield.
This is the team I predict Howe to name this evening with Saint-Maximin in for Guimaraes. The bench would be a strong one with Bruno and Alex available for cameos.
The injury situation looks a lot better if Guimaraes is fit. Both Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Targett are a few weeks away but making progress. Elliot Anderson has returned to training with a chance to make the bench today.
Crystal Palace are in decent shape on the injury front though will be missing starting center-back Joachim Anderson with a calf injury. We could see either James Tompkins or the young American Chris Richards in for the Dane.
Emil Krafth (knee), Jonjo Shelvey (calf), Matt Targett (heel), Elliot Anderson (calf – fitness test), Bruno Guimaraes (ankle – fitness test)
Crystal Palace Injuries
Joachim Andersen (calf), James McArthur (groin), Nathan Ferguson (undisclosed)
Our poll shows a fanbase brimming with confidence once again. Around 94% expect Newcastle to get something from this match with over 2 in 3 voters predicting all three points.
This is another tricky match against Jekyll and Hyde Palace. A lot could depend on which one shows up. Howe will have the lads primed and ready. Hopefully, three points and another clean sheet are on the way.
137 comments so far
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:31 PMComment #1
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:31 PMComment #2
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:32 PMComment #3
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:32 PMComment #4
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:34 PMComment #5
Great result, we have to do the business today, Bruno from the start
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:34 PMComment #6
Team sheet should be interesting.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:35 PMComment #7
Sorry mate but a leg breaking tackle was required.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:36 PMComment #8
But Carltoon got in with a goal line clearance.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:36 PMComment #9
I may have escaped serious injury…
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:37 PMComment #10
You did mate, hob nail boots.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:38 PMComment #11
Where’s me silly grey boot?
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:38 PMComment #12
We will see a different C.Wood today,playing in a front two alongside Johnson..
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:40 PMComment #13
Why can’t you duplicate a post?
Why does the site keep logging me out?
Why can’t it keep up with ya speed of posting?
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:41 PMComment #14
Should be interesting to see how it goes for Wood.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:42 PMComment #15
I really can`t see us risking Bruno today, i think it will be a place on the bench at best, and if we can win the game today without Bruno he will be an fresh and fit to start against Southampton which will be an added bonus.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:44 PMComment #16
Could be right there, bud.
It would certainly make a lotta sense.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:45 PMComment #17
I totally agree, you don’t risk your best player,however if he is fully fit, he always has to start.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:48 PMComment #18
We have about 1/2 of a great team.
Not bad after 15 months of new ownership, who I must say are stunning with the professionalism that they run our club.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:48 PMComment #19
Why is tiredness referred to as leggyness?
Do basketball players suffer armyness?
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:50 PMComment #20
Because most commentators can hardly speak never mind think!
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:54 PMComment #21
CLINT FLICK: In that case must have seen a few rowers / riders on here over the years 🙂
Essex Geordie Bill
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:54 PMComment #22
On here it is known as Brainyness! 🙂
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:55 PMComment #23
They must recruit from the ‘the defender’s knee’ pub…walthamstowe,
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:56 PMComment #24
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:56 PMComment #25
Do baseball pitchers suffers from pitchiness?
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:57 PMComment #26
See Arsenal have bought a defender and Danjuma’s agreed on a loan to Everton.
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:58 PMComment #27
Is Whu v efc is a no-point-er?
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:58 PMComment #28
Jan 21, 2023 at 2:59 PMComment #29
Do we want Southampton to beat Everton Today?
Jan 21, 2023 at 3:00 PMComment #30
OK not Everton, must pay attention. 😉
Jan 21, 2023 at 3:01 PMComment #31
Very clever mate.
Jan 21, 2023 at 3:01 PMComment #32
Let’s try Villa.
Jan 21, 2023 at 3:02 PMComment #33
Ash big Chris Wood has played most of his career with a striking partner up top and he seems to excel with a striking partner up top, out style of play clearly didn`t suit the big lad!! I hope he gets a good start at Forest and plays his part in saving them from relegation in much the same way he done with us. The lad might have his limitations, but you can`t doubt his endeavours to give all for the cause, not to mention he is a 1st class professional with a great attitude.
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
Jan 21, 2023 at 3:03 PMComment #34
I have noted, from several bloggers an anti-dog message!
Don’t say ” I can’t say CP scoring”
I am a hex, may need to revise score to 1-2
Jan 21, 2023 at 3:04 PMComment #35
Why is our record signing on the bench? He is fit. Are they easing Wilson out?
Sir Pugalot, the Dutch Bulldog
Jan 21, 2023 at 3:04 PMComment #36
Wood starts for Forest. Good luck and score a goal.
Jan 21, 2023 at 3:04 PMComment #37
Just sat here getting in the mood by for tonight by watching the geordie Messi goal compilations…what a player Pedro was…my absolute favourite toon player and we’ll never see anyone like him again…a two footed maestro and black and white through and through.
Jan 21, 2023 at 3:05 PMComment #38
It’s novel to be ‘got’ or dare i say; appreciated?
Jan 21, 2023 at 3:07 PMComment #39
On the one hand, improving their position in table may make them more relaxed about cup. However, another win will increase their confidence level.
Don’t know why I’m asking really, we’ll beat them anyway.
Still got MA owned mentality of always needing other clubs to do us favours. We were doing it earlier in CFC v pool. Hard habit to break. 🙂
Jan 21, 2023 at 3:07 PMComment #40
Nots forest could condemn one of wham, efc, Lcfc, s’ton…