Can Alan Pardew defeat his old side and send them closer to relegation?

Can Alan Pardew defeat his old side and send them closer to relegation?

Newcastle United attempt to keep up their recent run of form as former manager Alan Pardew and his Crystal Palace come to St James’ Park.

The Magpies have picked up five points from their last three games, including comeback draws with Man City and Liverpool, and have been targeting the game with Pardew’s FA Cup finalists for some weeks as a winnable game.

Three points could take Rafa Benitez’s side out of the bottom three, depending on other results, and set up the final two games of the season tantalisingly.

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Newcastle have no fresh injury worries, so Benitez is likely to resist the urge to change his starting XI too much.

That means Papiss Cisse may continue ahead of Aleksandar Mitrovic up front, with Cheick Tiote and Jack Colback keeping their midfield roles ahead of Jonjo Shelvey.

Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Daryl Janmaat and Fabricio Coloccini are all injured, but Yoan Gouffran is back. Steven Taylor is back in training but unlikely to trouble the starting eleven, as he nears the end of his Newcastle stay.

Palace are sweating on the availability of Wilfried Zaha, who has a hamstring injury. Brede Hangeland and Marouane Chamakh are long-term absentees.

STATS

  • Papiss Cisse has scored in all three Premier League matches against Palace.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor has been involved in 12 goals in his last nine games against Newcastle, scoring six and assisting six.
  • Newcastle are unbeaten in three games, the last time they went four without defeat was under Alan Pardew in 2014
  • When Palace beat Newcastle earlier this season, it was the first time this century that the Eagles had beaten the Geordies.