Tuesday, October 19

Crystal Palace-Newcastle United Preview – Sports Illustrated


Steve Bruce is eager to see Newcastle United repeat their performance against Everton when they host Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

Newcastle failed to win in nine in the Premier League and in 11 in all competitions heading to Goodison Park at the weekend.

But Callum Wilson scored twice in a well-deserved win on the road, the Magpies showed great improvement in their performance and accumulated three vital points.

The challenge now, says Bruce, is to get out there and do it again against the Palace at St James’ Park.

“The nature of the Premier League is that you have to prepare to play again tomorrow night,” he said. “But it gave everyone a boost, the players some confidence.

“It was the acting that we all liked. More of the same, please.

“We played well this weekend and hopefully we can stay there and be more injury-free as we’ve been constantly interrupted. That’s the key to sticking with it.”

“We are changing and the players are buying it, which some might say, after 18 months, they should.”

Newcastle switched to a new 4-3-1-2 formation on Saturday and Roy Hodgson is poised to modify his Palace team to defeat Bruce’s men.

“We are always adapting, really,” he said. “Sometimes they are detailed and subtle enough not to hit people in the eyes, but we are always thinking about the opposition, what position best suits our players.

“Everything is based on clear principles, how we want to attack, what we want to do with and without the ball.

“But with our players, we are not 100% committed to a formation. It can change with the available personnel and the opposition we face.”

PLAYERS TO SEE

Newcastle United – Callum Wilson

Leading scorer Wilson returned to form on Saturday with a double in an excellent all-round display. That led him to 10 Premier League goals in 19 games for the club. The last English player to reach this mark in fewer appearances for Newcastle was Alan Shearer in 1996 (10 in the first 14).

Crystal Palace – Jordan Ayew

Ayew has assisted in each of his last two Premier League appearances, recording as many assists in those two games as in his previous 54 matches (two). Palace hopes he can now continue that rally in form away from home, having failed to score or assist in their last 12 league away games.

OPTA KEY FACTS

– Crystal Palace have lost three of their last four Premier League away matches against Newcastle, winning the other in April 2019. All four of these matches have ended 1-0.

– No team has kept a clean sheet at home than Newcastle in the Premier League this season, with their only shutout against defending champions Liverpool in December in a 0-0 draw.

– Newcastle have only started a calendar year with losses in each of their first three league games at home once previously, and did so in 2014 in the Premier League.

– Palace have kept three clean sheets in their last five Premier League matches, having kept just one in their previous 24 matches in the competition.

– Wilson’s 10 Premier League goals for Newcastle this season have been scored in the second half. He is only the third player to score his first 10 goals in a season in the second half, after Matt Le Tissier in 1994-95 and Ashley Barnes in 2018-19, while he is the first player to score his first 10 goals for a club everything in the second half.




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