Crystal Palace vs Newcastle LIVE commentary: Eagles can guarantee survival as Magpies chase Europe – kick-off time, team news and how to follow

Crystal Palace can mathematically ensure their Premier League survival when they entertain Newcastle this week, live on talkSPORT.

The Eagles continued their recent fine form with a thumping 5-2 win over London rivals West Ham while the Magpies had the weekend off.

Palace can now open up an unassailable 14-point gap to 18th-placed Luton Town with another win.

However, Oliver Glasner’s men are winless in their last five Premier League meetings with Newcastle, who still have Europe to fight for.

Eddie Howe’s side are unbeaten in their last four with three wins but only remain above Manchester United on goal difference.

Crystal Palace vs Newcastle: Flying with the Eagles

Michael Olise’s return to the starting XI from his latest hamstring injury has coincided with a dramatic uptake in form.

Having made his comeback from the bench in the 4-2 defeat to Manchester City, Olise helped Palace overcome Liverpool at Anfield.

The Frenchman was then instrumental alongside Eberechi Eze and Jean-Philippe Mateta as they thrashed West Ham.

When the trio have all started a match in the Premier League this season, Crystal Palace have won four of those five games, with an average of 2.4 points-per-game.

That is a massive increase from when the trio have been missing, with both Olise and Eze suffering hamstring issues this season.

In the 28 games when those three haven’t all been in the XI, Palace have only won five times (D9 L14), averaging 0.9 points-per-game.

  • Alexander Isak has scored seven goals in his last six Premier League appearances for Newcastle, though six of those strikes have come in home games. His 17 goals overall this season is the joint-most by a Swedish player in a single Premier League campaign, level with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2016-17.
  • Having won their first four Premier League away games against Crystal Palace between 1994 and 2013, Newcastle have won just one of their last eight away to the Eagles (D5 L2).
  • Having been unbeaten in Premier League games in London last season (W4 D3), Newcastle have lost three of their five in the capital so far this season (W1 D1). However, their sole victory was in their last such visit (1-0 at Fulham).

Crystal Palace vs Newcastle: Team news

The home side are sweating on the fitness of Adam Wharton following an enforced withdrawal on Sunday.

Palace’s lengthy injury list has eased in recent weeks, but Sam Johnstone, Cheick Doucoure, Jefferson Lerma, Marc Guehi, and Matheus Franca all remain sidelined.

Newcastle are hoping to welcome back Kieran Trippier and Joe Willock to ease their own fitness crisis.

The visitors are still without Matt Targett, Nick Pope, Miguel Almiron, Callum Wilson, Joelinton, Lewis Miley, Sven Botman and Jamaal Lascelles.

Sandro Tonali is also a long-term absentee due to a betting ban.

  • Crystal Palace have lost 10 of their last 13 Premier League games against sides to finish in the top four the previous season (W1 D2), with their sole victory in this run coming at Manchester United back in September.
  • Crystal Palace have lost six of their last nine midweek (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) Premier League games (W1 D2), with their only win in this run coming against Sheffield United in January (3-2).
  • After a run of one win in 24 Premier League games played on a Wednesday between November 2012 and December 2020 (D5 L18), Newcastle have won four of their last five such games in the competition (L1).

Crystal Palace vs Newcastle: What has been said?

Eagles boss Oliver Glasner has explained how the Magpies already have the upper hand when the two teams meet this week.

“The players, how they started the game in the first 30 minutes, were really amazing,” Glasner said after their 5-2 win over the Hammers.

“It was nice to watch for a manager. It was an excellent performance, but now the game is played. The game is played, we have the three points, and it’s our first back-to-back wins of the season.

“Now it’s the third one in a row against Newcastle [we are aiming for], and this will be a big challenge.

“They will be fresh, so we have maybe the same situation as West Ham today [having played in midweek], a little bit tired legs.

“Of course, we take a lot of positive things from the game today, but stay focused for the next challenges.”

  • Following victories over Fulham and Tottenham, Newcastle are looking to win three consecutive Premier League games for the second time this season, previously doing so in September. Away from home, they’ve won three of their last five league games (L2), having won just one of their first 10 this term beforehand (D2 L7).
  • When Michael Olise, Eberechi Eze and Jean-Philippe Mateta have all started a match in the Premier League this season, Crystal Palace have won four of those five games (L1), with an average of 2.4 points-per-game; in comparison, in the 28 games when those three haven’t all been in the XI, Palace have only won five times (D9 L14), averaging 0.9 points-per-game.
  • Anthony Gordon has 10 goals and eight assists in the Premier League this season, though 83% of these have come in home games (9 goals, 6 assists). He’s just two assists away from becoming only the third Newcastle player to register double figures for both goals and assists in a single Premier League campaign, after Andrew Cole in 1993-94 (34G 13A) and Ruel Fox in 1994-95 (10G 11A).

Crystal Palace vs Newcastle: talkSPORT coverage

This Premier League clash will take place on Wednesday, April 24.

Kick-off at Selhurst Park is scheduled for 8pm.

talkSPORT will have live and exclusive coverage from south London on the talkSPORT App, with the game not available on UK TV.

Commentary comes from Rob Dugmore via talkSPORT International.

SOURCE: Football News, Transfers, Opinion – talkSPORT   (go to source)
AUTHOR: Joe Brophy
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