Newcastle United must manage something they have not achieved since 2014 if they are to keep their Premier League survival bid on track against Crystal Palace at St James’ Park on Saturday.
Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is still missing with a calf problem, while Daryl Janmaat is recovering from groin and hand injuries, but the pair are due to resume training next week, the latter wearing a protective cast.
Fellow defender Kevin Mbabu is fit after a thigh injury, but goalkeepers Tim Krul and Rob Elliot (both knee) and defenders Steven Taylor (muscle strain) and Massadio Haidara (knee) also remain on the sidelines.
Crystal Palace will continue to monitor Wilfried Zaha’s fitness in the hope he recovers from a leg injury in time for their visit to Newcastle. Alan Pardew has said it is “50-50” as to whether the winger will be involved.
Beyond Zaha, only Palace’s long-term absentees Marouane Chamakh, Brede Hangeland and Paddy McCarthy are unavailable.
- The meeting earlier this season was the first time since March 1998 that Newcastle had lost against Crystal Palace in all competitions (W8 D3).
- Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has scored in all three of his Premier League matches against Crystal Palace.
- Emmanuel Adebayor has scored six goals and assisted six more in his last nine Premier League games against Newcastle. He jointly holds the Premier League record for most assists in a single game (four for Spurs v Newcastle – February 2012).
- The Magpies have won more points in their last three Premier League games (5) than they did in their previous 10 (4).
- Newcastle are unbeaten in their last three games (W1 D2 L0) and they haven’t gone four games unbeaten in the Premier League since Alan Pardew’s tenure (six games in Oct-Nov 2014).
- Crystal Palace have won six competitive matches in 2016, but five of these have come in the FA Cup and only one in the Premier League.
- Palace have won a joint-league low tally of eight points in the Premier League in 2016, alongside already-relegated Aston Villa.
- The Eagles haven’t won a Premier League away game since December 19, 2015 – they have picked up just five points in nine road trips since (W0 D5 L4).
- Just 54.9% of the passes that Newcastle have made this season in the Premier League have been in the opposition half, a league-low.