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Premier League

  • 21 December 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Selhurst Park, London
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
  • • Attendance: 24936

Ladbrokes PaddyPower WilliamHill MyBet Tipico
Crystal Palace 3.10 3.00 2.90 2.80 3.20
Draw 3.10 3.30 3.25 3.30 3.30
Newcastle United 2.40 2.40 2.45 2.45 2.35

Crystal Palace - Newcastle United Preview: Win could move hosts out of drop zone

Tony Pulis can make it three home wins in a row with victory over the Magpies but will be wary of a visiting side who has lost just once in their last seven games

Crystal Palace will hope to continue their revival under Tony Pulis when they host Newcastle on Saturday.

Palace have won both of their home games with Pulis in charge, toppling West Ham and Cardiff City.

High-flying Newcastle – who sit sixth after a run of form that has seen them win five of their last seven – will present a tougher challenge though.

The Selhurst Park outfit are 18th in the Premier League table, just one point behind fourth-bottom West Ham, and know that a victory could see them move out of the bottom three.

Defender Danny Gabbidon has targeted the busy fortnight ahead – in which Palace will play five fixtures, including four league matches – as a crucial period in the club's bid to avoid the drop.

"We've done well in the last couple of weeks. We have got ourselves back into a much better position," Gabbidon told the club's official website.

11/4 Marouane Chamakh is 11/4 to score anytime against Newcastle with bet365

"And if we can go through the Christmas period and pick up a few points, I think we're well on our way then…[and] maybe be looking towards getting to the mid-table region.

"I think we're learning and improving all the time with every game and the confidence is getting better and better with each game, so hopefully [we] get a good Christmas and pick up a few points and kick on from there."

Palace have scored just 11 Premier League goals this season – no side has netted fewer – but Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh has hit the back of the net in his last three games, including an equaliser in a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea last time out.

Newcastle were held to a 1-1 draw at Southampton in their last league fixture but will feel confident about their chances, having won at champions Manchester United in their last away clash.

Wins over Chelsea and Tottenham have also come in the last two months as Newcastle's revival has seen them charge up the table.

The two sides have met 10 times in the last 20 years, with Newcastle winning eight of the clashes.

The most recent of these came in the 2009-10 Championship season, with Newcastle winning both fixtures en route to the title.

Ryan Taylor (knee) is Newcastle's only significant injury concern, while Dean Moxey (hamstring) is a doubt for Palace and Adlene Guedioura (ribs) and Jerome Thomas (ankle) are still some time off a return.

Striker Glenn Murray (knee) and defenders Paddy McCarthy (groin) and Jack Hunt (ankle) remain long-term absentees for Palace.


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Available Squads
1Julian SperoniGoalkeeper
2Joel WardDefender
3Adrian MariappaDefender
19Danny GabbidonDefender
21Dean MoxeyDefender
27Damien DelaneyDefender
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
15Mile JedinakMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
10Cameron JeromeStriker
1Lewis PriceGoalkeeper
4Jonathan ParrStriker
7Yannick BolasieMidfielder
20Jonathan WilliamsMidfielder
9Kevin PhillipsStriker
16Dwight GayleStriker
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
3Davide SantonDefender
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
2Mathieu DebuchyDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
7Moussa SissokoMidfielder
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
11Yoan GouffranMidfielder
11Loïc RemyStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
3Mapou Yanga-MbiwaDefender
19Massadio HaidaraDefender
37Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
23Shola AmeobiStriker
25Gabriel ObertanStriker

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