Last Updated: 21/12/13 4:58pm
Cabaye is the regular Newcastle penalty taker, but his replacement Ben Arfa steps up to strike this one and hits it firmly to Speroni's left. There's too much power on it for Speroni to keep out.
Ben Arfa has been excellent since coming on, and his low cross from the left goes across the face of goal when all it needed was a touch.
YELLOW CARD! Marouane Chamakh is booked for a foul on Coloccini (83). That'll be a one-match ban for the Palace striker as it's his fifth caution of the campaign, so he'll have to sit out the Boxing Day clash at Aston Villa.
Speroni then has to save from Ben Arfa after Gouffran does brilliantly to keep the ball in play. Santon sees a shot deflected wide for a corner.
Ben Arfa goes past Jedinak into the box and while stumbling, he manages to get the ball to the edge of the area where Gouffran strikes - but his shot clips the left-hand post!
Risky challenge by Tiote, as he dives in for a tackle on Parr. It should have been a corner, but Swarbrick strangely awards a goal kick.
Palace's relegation rivals Fulham have drawn level at home to Manchester City, courtesy of an own goal by Vincent Kompany. It's 2-2 at the Cottage. If results stay the same, the Eagles will drop to 19th.
Big chance for Jerome, but he fluffs it! At the back post, Jedinak got up to head the free-kick down towards his striker but Jerome leant back and volleyed over the bar. He needed to keep it down.
YELLOW CARD! Skipper Fabricio Coloccini follows Tiote into Swarbrick's notebook. It looked like he might get away with a foul, but eventually the referee chose to caution him. (67)
YELLOW CARD! Newcastle's Cheick Tiote is the first player booked by referee Neil Swarbrick today for a late tackle on Joel Ward. (64)
A deep cross from the left by Parr comes all the way over to Bolasie. Mariappa overlaps and his first-time cross is headed wide by Chamakh. Good move by the Eagles.
Speroni saves a swerving Cabaye free-kick, sticking out a hand to his left - Williamson heads the ball, but it's well wide. Great stop by the Argentinian.
Bolasie goes down on the right as he attempts to run past Gouffran, and Pulis and the Palace fans scream for a free-kick, but referee Swarbrick waves play on. Replays show the winger was indeed fouled.
Puncheon's shot is blocked by Williamson and Palace appeal in vain for a penalty. Bolasie is already making a good impact.
Cabaye wins a corner for Newcastle, their third of the game. His cross is put behind for another corner... which Speroni then claims.
We're underway again. Interesting switch by Pulis - Moxey did seem to be struggling so no surprise to see him withdrawn, but Bannan was behind much of Palace's better first-half play.
@SeanNUFC87 returns on Twitter and he fears Palace might be able to find a route back into this match: "Can't say I'm disappointed to be wrong on the game being close, we have a habit of switching off though so I'm not counting chickens..."
Matthew Mould on email writes: "Granted Palace have done well recently, but they won against Cardiff and West Ham! Newcastle are 6th and we have beaten Man U, Chelsea and Tottenham in recent weeks. I think this will either be a 2-0 or 4-0 to Newcastle, depending on the mood in the changing rooms."
Do you think Pardew's players will take their foot off the gas when we restart? The games come thick and fast in the next fortnight so perhaps you couldn't blame them for wanting to conserve energy...
Here's a tweet from @JamesWallbridge: "Hi, Toon fan here, I hope we don't sit back in the second half, I fully expect us to carry on and push for 3 or 4-0."
The Gabbidon own goal is a shocker, but Moxey needed to get tighter to Debuchy and attempt to stop the cross coming in in the first place. Instead, the Palace left-back stands well off Debuchy and offers very little protection.
Replays of the first goal show just how clever Cabaye was to make that extra space. Jedinak was marking him closely, but the Frenchman gave his opponent a cheeky little shove before peeling off to strike home Sissoko's pass.
The rest of the half-time scores means it's pretty much as you were in the relegation battle - Fulham 0 Man City 2, Man Utd 2 West Ham 0, Sunderland 0 Norwich 0, Stoke 0 Aston Villa 0, West Brom 0 Hull 1.
Another shot on goal for Newcastle - Cabaye pops up on the right, tricks Moxey on his way into the area but his effort is saved by Speroni.
Speroni has to be alert to clutch the loose ball as Cabaye's deep free-kick nearly reached Williamson.
A nightmare moment for Gabbidon - again, the danger came from the right-hand side as Debuchy crossed into the area. Gabbidon stretched to intercept the ball but only succeeded in diverting it past Speroni. 0-2.
Chamakh and Puncheon try to create something for Palace on the left side of the penalty area and eventually Ward is played on, only to be thwarted in the attempt of shooting.
Santon crosses from the left for Remy to head towards goal, but the flag's up and the Frenchman is offside.
Concerted spell of Palace pressure, with Bannan putting some great balls into the area. Eventually Krul can claim after Jedinak's header.
Palace's best moment so far as Krul saves a low shot on the turn by Jerome inside the area. Bannan did well to poke the ball to his striker. Then Krul misses the resulting corner and Anita has to clear off the line as the ball deflects off Williamson!
West Ham and West Brom are also losing (to Manchester United and Hull respectively), so some solace to Palace.
Gouffran attempts to meet a cross from the right-hand side but fails to connect. The Palace left flank is really struggling to contain Newcastle.
Sissoko goes past Chamakh on the right flank, and cuts the ball back for Cabaye to strike a low shot that deflected in off Jedinak past Speroni for his fourth goal of the season. A deserved lead for the Magpies on the balance of play. 0-1.
Midway through the first half, and Newcastle have had 68% possession so far. Both teams have had two shots each, however.
Mr Swarbrick let play continue after Tiote brought down Chamakh but when the ball went out, he called it back for the free-kick.
Debuchy heads Cabaye's corner to the near post across the face of goal and wide. That was a great chance for the visitors.
Gabbidon has to put the ball behind for a Newcastle corner as Debuchy got away down the right and crossed in low.
Chamakh is penalised for a push in the Newcastle penalty area, and he comes away with a sore head too after tussling with Williamson.
Cabaye spots the run of Remy down the left channel but the offside flag is raised against the Newcastle striker. Palace will have to guard against that kind of pass from Cabaye.
Chamakh goes down theatrically just over 25 yards out - although it was a foul by Anita. Bannan curls the free-kick over the wall and towards the top corner, but Krul gets across to his left and makes the save. A shot on target for Palace, though.
Anita wins the ball in midfield and Sissoko crosses in from the right, but his delivery doesn't find a yellow shirt. Then Santon tries his luck from range - well wide.
End-to-end stuff, but only in the sense that the goalkeepers' clearances are going all the way through to the other penalty area.
Mariappa heads Anita's cross into the box up in the air, and Speroni is out sharply to gather the ball.
Nice skill from Chamakh as he went looking for space, before he is dispossessed. The ball eventually comes back to Puncheon, but his shot is deflected and Newcastle clear.
Jerome goes down under a challenge from Coloccini, but the Palace striker is back on his feet quickly.
Sissoko crosses from the right towards Gouffran, but the referee blows his whistle - he's seen a push in the box.
Cabaye fouls Ward in the centre circle. Delaney overhits the free-kick in the wind, and it's a goal kick.
Joel Ward is indeed playing in central midfield for Palace today. Newcastle seeing much of the ball early on, but the conditions will make things tricky for both sides.
Last bit of feedback before kick-off, from @SeanNUFC87 on Twitter: "We need beat teams like Palace if we are to seriously challenge for Europe, both teams in good form though so should be close."
The players emerge from the tunnel - Palace in their traditional home kit, while Newcastle will be in their away kit of yellow shirts and blue shorts.
Kevin Phillips will be hoping to get a chance to come on for Palace today and show what he can do. The veteran striker revealed today that he will be leaving Selhurst Park in January as he wants to be playing first-team football for the final few months of his career.
Palace's cheerleaders, the Crystals, are currently entertaining the Selhurst Park crowd. Not much fun for them though, as there is constant drizzle coming down and it's very windy.
Betting time! Sky Bet have priced up Newcastle at 5/4 to win this one. Palace are 11/5 to take all three points, while the draw is 23/10. Our pundit Jamie Redknapp has got some Red Hot Tips for you as well - both teams to score is 5/6; the 1-1 draw is available at 5/1; and Cameron Jerome to be first goalscorer is 13/2. Fancy any of them?
Our pundit Paul Merson has predicted a 1-0 win for Newcastle in this game. Toon fan Richard Drake on email is going for a draw, though. "Going to be tough today. Still worry about keeping clean sheets but can always score. Feel any win will be good today but will go for 1-1."
Here's some key stats for you ahead of kick-off, courtesy of our friends at Opta: 1. Despite conceding only two goals more than Newcastle (22), Crystal Palace (24) have 14 points fewer. / 2. The Eagles have lost four of the last five matches against Newcastle in all competitions all by a 2-0 scoreline (W0 D1 L4). / 3. Palace have the lowest pass completion in the Premier League this season (73%) and it has been only 66% in the period since Tony Pulis took charge.
Time for some of your feedback. First, Mickey on email: "There's no doubt Pulis will have Palace organised but the Toon should have too much quality today, Howay the Lads!" While on Twitter, @Frogapple writes: "It can only go one way today - 3-0 to Palace, Chamakh hat-trick." @laxy25 says: "Will go with 2-1 today for NUFC. Think we play better football with the 4/3/3 formation, Remy first goal."
Also joining us is Newcastle's Mike Williamson: "We've seen the reaction, the new manager's come in and it's always a tough place to come anyway. They've got some good players and their confidence is high. We've picked up momentum, the lads are working hard... but we're trying for consistency."
Palace's Cameron Jerome speaking ahead of kick-off: "We seem to have turned things around, especially at home. We drew with Everton, then we had back-to-back wins against West Ham and Cardiff. Our confidence at home has been really pleasing. It's going to be difficult today, but we're optimistic."
I'd like to hear from you today - send me your thoughts on the teams, any match predictions or betting tips, and anything else relating to the game. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me at @jonboy79.
Neil Swarbrick from Preston is today's referee at Selhurst Park. He was in charge of Newcastle's 2-0 home defeat by Manchester City in the Capital One Cup fourth round in late October, after which he officiated at Palace's 2-0 defeat at West Brom.
Newcastle have confirmed they will be playing 4-3-3 today (the same formation they employed for their recent 1-0 win away to Manchester United), but Palace's formation is unclear at the moment. Joel Ward could play in central midfield alongside Mile Jedinak, or he may be a wing-back along with Dean Moxey.
Like Pardew, Pulis has made just one change after Palace's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea last Saturday. Dean Moxey is back after a hamstring injury and replaces Kagisho Dikcagoi, who has a muscle complaint. Stuart O'Keefe, who came on for Dikcagoi early on at Stamford Bridge, is out with a similar problem. That means Kevin Phillips is able to take a place on the bench.
Starting XI for Crystal Palace: Speroni; Mariappa, Gabbidon, Delaney, Moxey; Ward, Jedinak, Puncheon, Bannan, Chamakh, Jerome.
One change made by Newcastle boss Alan Pardew today, after last weekend's 1-1 draw at home to Southampton - Yohan Cabaye returns to the Magpies midfield after serving a one-match ban, with Shola Ameobi dropping to the bench. No room for Sammy Ameobi in the 16 today.
Here's the Newcastle starting line-up (4-3-3): Krul; Debuchy, Coloccini (captain), Williamson, Santon; Anita, Cabaye, Tiote; Sissoko, Remy, Gouffran.