Newcastle aim to hunt down the Eagles

2019/20 Premier League

Round 18

21-22 December 2019

Newcastle United will look to claim three home points when they welcome Crystal Palace to St James Park on Saturday 21 December 2019, kick-off at 16:00.

The match is one of nine spread over 21-22 December in the 18th round of the current Premier League season, with Liverpool’s match away to West Ham United postponed due to the former’s participation in the FIFA Club World Cup.

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha

Newcastle are unbeaten in their last seven home matches in the Premier League, with their last outing as hosts bringing a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Southampton. The Magpies are proving an unpredictable and tough team to beat under Steve Bruce, who seems to slowly be winning over the fans.

"It's always important that your home form stacks up,” said Bruce. “We've given ourselves a nice little platform, but that's all it is. We've still got some big games, we're not halfway there yet. But as I've said, December can be a defining month and we've had a decent start."

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Palace’s last away result was a 0-0 draw at Watford earlier in the month. The Eagles tend to be strong on the road thanks to their pace and power on the counter attack, particularly through Ivorian forward Wilfried Zaha, who has shown some great form in recent weeks and will be a key danger man in this clash.

However, Zaha will need to keep his temper under check after becoming the target for opposition fouls. “I think most games it is like that,” said teammate James McArthur. “He is that talented that they need to try and stop him somehow. He just needs to keep doing his job, keep doing his talking on the ball.”

Newcastle forward Joelinton

In head-to-head stats, Newcastle and Palace have met in 27 previous matches. The Magpies have claimed 14 wins compared to seven for the Eagles, while six games have been drawn.

Palace took four points off Newcastle in the teams’ Premier League meetings last season, playing to a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park in September 2018 before claiming a 1-0 away win at St James Park in April 2019, thanks to a penalty from Luka Milivojevic.

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace – Head-to-Head

Matches played 27
Newcastle wins 14
Palace wins 7
Draws 6

Premier League fixtures, 21-22 December

Saturday 21 December
West Ham United v Liverpool – Postponed
13:30: Everton v Arsenal
16:00: Bournemouth v Burnley
16:00: Aston Villa v Southampton
16:00: Brighton & Hove Albion v Sheffield United
16:00: Newcastle United v Crystal Palace
16:00: Norwich City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
18:30: Manchester City v Leicester City

Sunday 22 December
15:00: Watford v Manchester United
17:30: Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea

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Published: 12/18/2019