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    Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United Preview. Former Toon duo look to heap more misery on struggling Newcastle.


    By Ryan Carter. Twitter: @TheRyanJCarter


    Newcastle United will travel to Selhurst Park this weekend to face off against two men who will be looking to inflict more pain on their former club.

    Alan Pardew and the star man of the Crystal Palace midfield Yohan Cabaye both experienced highs and lows with Newcastle during their time at St James’ Park.

    Palace’s newest manager won 38% of his games during his time on Tyneside, a higher percentage than any of his predecessors, while Cabaye scored 17 goals in 79 appearances for the Magpies.

    But the days when the Frenchman was curling freekicks into the top corner for the Geordie faithful, while Pardew punched the air in celebration on the sidelines, are now just a distant memory.

    Nowadays the duo are enjoying success with Crystal Palace, in a season which has already seen the London club claim wins over the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool.

    This fixture will be the first time Cabaye has faced his former club, but Palace’s leading scorer will have little sympathy for the struggling Magpies when they make the trip down to the capitol.



    The Frenchman’s new club is currently on a poor run of form, which has seen them win just one of their last six games, scoring only four goals in that time.

    Newcastle’s fortunes in front of goal have been even worse, having only scored once since their emphatic 6-2 victory over Norwich last month.

    Pardew will also be looking for his first win over the North East club since leaving Tyneside, after the Palace manager had to settle for a 1-1 draw last season.

    A goal from Fraizer Campbell saved Pardew from embarrassment at the hands of his former side, after Papiss Cisse opened the scoring the last time these sides met.

    Victory for the former Toon boss would also break a terrible record the Eagles have against Newcastle.

    Palace have just one win over Newcastle in over 30 years, while the Magpies have boasted 12 victories over that period, with just three draws being played out between the two clubs.

    Failure to continue this strong record against Crystal Palace could see Steve McClaren’s side fall back into the bottom three depending on the results of Sunderland and Bournemouth’s games.


    Newcastle will be without a number of key names for the trip, as Cheick Tiote, Massadio Haidara, Rolando Aarons, Jack Colback, Tim Krul, Gabriel Obertan, Steven Taylor and Emmanuel Riviere all find themselves on the club’s lengthy injury list.

    Palace on the other hand only have three injury concerns, as Dwight Gayle, Bakary Sako and Kwesi Appiah are all set to miss out.

    With difficult fixtures against Liverpool and Tottenham coming up, Newcastle really do need to claim all three points in this game if they are to breathe a little easier going into the Christmas period.

    But with both clubs seeming somewhat lacklustre in recent games, it is hard to see one side getting the better of the other in this contest.

    Score Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle United.
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