Crystal Palace v Newcastle preview: Roy Hodgson targeting home comforts
Last Updated: 21/09/18 2:47pm
Crystal Palace will be looking to register their first points at Selhurst Park this season when Newcastle visit on Saturday.
Palace, who have also yet to score at home, have suffered back-to-back home defeats against Liverpool and Southampton but they are six points better off than at same stage last season when they had no points or goals from first five games.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have recorded their joint-worst start to a Premier League season, taking just one point from their opening five games, although they have played Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester City.
This fixture is Rafael Benitez's 100th league game as Newcastle manager and his opposite number Roy Hodgson is well aware of the threat Newcastle pose despite their poor run of results.
"I think they know what they are good at and know how to win games, because they finished 10th last season," he said.
"They have had difficult games and I am pretty certain that they realise they are not in an ideal situation, but that they believe they are good enough to get away from the relegation zone. I would not be prepared to talk about relegation or the top half until March. I spent three or four months last year talking about relegation, if not more. But the bottom line is where you finish up in May."
Crystal Palace will be without Christian Benteke as he continues his recovery from his knee injury.
Scott Dann, Connor Wickham and Pape Souare are also still unavailable.
Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Salomon Rondon are all fit for selection. Lascelles was substituted last weekend with an ankle problem but has made a recovery.
Florian Lejeune remains a long-term absentee with knee ligament trouble.
- Crystal Palace have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games against Newcastle United (W1 D4 L5) - a 5-1 victory at Selhurst Park in November 2015.
- Newcastle have only failed to find the net against Crystal Palace in one of their 14 Premier League contests - a 0-0 draw at St James' Park in April 2005.
- Newcastle United have lost on 14 of their last 19 Premier League visits to London (W3 D2), conceding on each of their previous 20 trips to the capital.
- Newcastle have lost 72 Premier League away games in London, only Everton (73) have lost more. o Crystal Palace have lost both of their Premier League home games this season; defeat against Newcastle would see them become just the second team in English top-flight history to lose their opening three home league games in consecutive seasons (after Newcastle in 1986-87 and 1987-88).
- Following a run of four wins in a row, Newcastle have won just one of their last 10 Premier League matches, drawing one and losing eight.
- Crystal Palace are currently on 99 Premier League wins and could become the 22nd side to reach 100 in the competition.
- Two of Newcastle's four Premier League goals this season have been scored by substitutes (Joselu vs Chelsea, Ciaran Clark vs Arsenal).
- Wilfried Zaha has scored 75 per cent of Crystal Palace's Premier League goals this season (3/4). o Since the start of the 2016-17 season, fouls on Wilfried Zaha have drawn a total of 41 cards - more than any other player in the competition.
Palace were very fortunate last week at Huddersfield. Newcastle were a touch unlucky against Arsenal, they were the better team in the first half but as soon as they went behind, wow, they completely and utterly went. From a Newcastle perspective that worries me, I see Palace just edging this one.
PAUL PREDICTS: 1-0 (6/1 with Sky Bet)