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Crystal Palace vs Newcastle: Premier League preview

Newcastle travel to Selhurst Park after successive 2-0 defeats to Southampton and Chelsea either side of the international break.

The visitors’ recent away record is poor – as have been their results in SE25 over the last few years – and manager Steve Bruce will want to see a reaction to a couple of really underwhelming outings.

Crystal Palace vs Newcastle is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off tonight (Friday, November 27, 2020).

As it stands, with London set to be placed under Tier 2 restrictions when the national lockdown ends next week, it will be Palace’s last home fixture without fans in attendance.

TV channel and live stream: Tonight’s match will be shown live and exclusive on Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon Prime subscribers – at no extra cost – can watch the contest via the Prime Video app, which is compatible with many smart TVs, set-top boxes and Fire TV/other streaming services.

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Wilfried Zaha remains absent for Crystal Palace as he completes a period of self-isolation

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Zaha’s self-isolation period is not due to end until Saturday, according to his manager, with Hodgson hoping that a negative test taken then will put him in contention for next weekend’s trip to West Brom.

Meanwhile, Palace captain Luka Milivojevic is back in training after his own positive Covid-19 test, but will also have to wait until that clash at The Hawthorns to return as he serves out the final match of his three-game suspension following the red card received at Wolves last month.

James Tomkins, Nathan Ferguson, Wayne Hennessey and Connor Wickham are Palace’s other injury absentees.

Newcastle will be boosted by the return of top scorer Callum Wilson following a thigh injury, but Ryan Fraser is still a week or so away from playing again.

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But Newcastle striker Callum Wilson is fit to feature after a thigh injury

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Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie could also be back tonight, but Martin Dubravka, Jamaal Lascelles, Dwight Gayle, Paul Dummett and Andy Carroll are all still sidelined.

Bruce also confirmed at his pre-match press conference that “two or three individuals” in the Newcastle squad are currently self-isolating, though he wouldn’t be drawn on the identities of the players in question.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle

Palace’s attacking deficiencies when Zaha doesn’t feature were made abundantly clear once again against Burnley and you struggle to see how they will create many chances without him here.

The Eagles have won only two of their last seven Premier League matches, while goal-shy Newcastle have lost three of five and struggle to win on the road.

A low-scoring draw seems the most likely outcome tonight.

Head to head (h2h) history and results

  • Crystal Palace wins: 4
  • Newcastle wins: 9
  • Draws: 5
  • Last meeting: Crystal Palace 1-0 Newcastle (February 22, 2020)

Betting odds and tips (subject to change)

  • Crystal Palace win: 7/5
  • Newcastle win: 5/2
  • Draw: 9/4
  • Under 2.5 goals: 5/7

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