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October 20 2020 3.17pm

Newcastle United v Palace

St. James' Park, Saturday 3.00pm

Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

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Crystal Palace will be missing four players for the FA Cup tie away to Newcastle tomorrow.

Leicesterís Trevor Benjamin and Nottingham Forestís Christian Edwards have not been given permission to play to avoid being cup-tied.

Curtis Fleming did not sign in time to play, but Danny Granville is set to make his debut at left back. Tommy Black is still suspended after his red card at Birmingham.

Matt Clarke (hand), Dougie Freedman (hamstring) and Jamie Smith (groin) will all miss the game through injury.

However, Francis will welcome back Kit Symons, who has recovered from a hamstring injury picked up against Millwall and Simon Rodger is available for selection after overcoming flu.

For Newcastle, Laurent Robert comes back into the side after a hip injury. Newcastle will be keen the game does not go to a replay at Selhurst Park as they only have one victory out of their last 30 visits to London.

Ironically, before their win at Arsenal on December 18, they last won in the capital in November 1997, 2-1 against Palace.

The Magpies are having a terrific season and are currently fourth in the Premier League.

Craig Bellamy and Alan Shearer have been a handful for defences all season and Keiran Dyer is knocking on the door of the England squad with his performances.

Despite their 3-1 defeat to Man United on Wednesday, most viewers would have seen their immense quality.

Trevor Francis will be hoping for a repeat of last season when his Birmingham side beat Newcastle 2-1 in the fourth round of the Worthington Cup on the way to the final last season.

So who knows, if we can get a draw at St Jamesí Park, they will be there for the taking at Selhurst.

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Newcastle United - league stats

Position Played Won Drawn Lost Points
4th 21 12 3 6 39

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Newcastle United - current form

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
5 3 0 2 12 9

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Our away record v Newcastle United

Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
17 3 2 12 10 28

Last five results

Date Type Home Team Score Away Team  
02/01/1999 FA Cup Newcastle United 2 - 1 Crystal Palace loss
18/03/1998 League Newcastle United 1 - 2 Crystal Palace win
29/11/1997 League Crystal Palace 1 - 2 Newcastle United loss
14/05/1995 League Newcastle United 3 - 2 Crystal Palace loss
15/10/1994 League Crystal Palace 0 - 1 Newcastle United loss

All time results

One to watch

Alan Shearer

Newcastle United's top scorer

Shearer - 12 goals

Newcastle United's bad boy

Bellamy - 5 1

Palace old boys


The choice is a simple one for Newcastle's most dangerous player as Alan Shearer has proven himself one of the most prolific strikers in the country once again. On form at the moment, Shearer is equally at home with the ball at his feet or heading his goals in. Always a danger, Palace will have their hands full with him on Saturday!

Last meeting

English FA Cup - Round 3

Newcastle 2 (0) Speed 48 Shearer 69 C Palace 1 (1) Bradbury 18 02-01-1999

Newcastle: Given (sent off 14), Charvet, Hughes, Dabizas, Barton(Georgiadis,83), Solano, Hamann, Speed, Glass (Harper,15), Andreas Andersson, Shearer Subs not used: Ketsbaia, Pearce, Brady,

C Palace: Miller, Sun Jihai, Smith, Moore, Mullins, Foster (Jansen,50), Tuttle, Fan Zhiyi (Linighan,75), Bradbury (Marcus Bent,69), Morrison, Rodger Subs not used: Digby, Petric,

Bookings: Barton, Speed (Newcastle) Fan Zhiyi, Foster, Linighan, Mullins, Sun Jihai (C Palace)

Attendance: 36536

Referee: M D Reed

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