EPL: Newcastle, Palace in battle for supremacy

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Newcastle vs. Crystal Palace Venue: St. James’ Park Kick off: 4PMCrystal Palace travel to the North-East to face Newcastle United sitting just one point ahead of today’s opponents in the Premier League table. While Steve Bruce would have been naturally disappointed with last weekend’s 1-0 defeat at Burnley, the Newcastle boss will be delighted with where his side currently sit in the table. Prior to the setback at Turf Moor, two wins and a draw had been recorded from three matches, helping the Magpies remain seven points clear of the relegation zone. Bruce will no doubt be looking ahead rather than backwards, but putting distance between themselves and the bottom three was the priority when he replaced Rafael Benitez during the summer. However, Bruce will see that Newcastle now have a tough run of fixtures, and an extended period with a low return would change the mood at St James’ Park. As it stands, though, Newcastle have recorded just one less point than their next opponents, creating the opportunity to move into the top half of the table by Saturday night. Palace manager Roy Hodgson would have probably hoped to see his team placed even higher given their overall form, but a return of eight points and three clean sheets from four matches will delight the veteran. In sharp contrast to Newcastle, Palace now have a run of games which they will feel are winnable and have the potential to catapult the club into contention for a Champions League spot. While Hodgson will call for focus against teams occupying places in the bottom half, there is enough breathing space ahead of the drop zone where Palace can throw caution to the wind. Just five goals have come from their last seven outings, however, and that will need to improve if the London outfit are to make an impact further up the division. Newcastle United possible XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Schar, Dummett, Willems, Atsu, Hayden, S.Longstaff, Joelinton, Carroll. Crystal Palace possible XI: Guaita, Kelly, Tomkins, Dann, Riedewald, Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur, Townsend, Ayew, Zaha.Tags: Crystal PalaceEPLNewcastle Unitedlast_img

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