Crystal Palace v Newcastle United

Premier League

Crystal Palace and Newcastle will both be looking to keep their heads above water when they meet at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

Both teams will head into the weekend just above the relegation zone, with Palace currently sitting two points ahead of the Magpies following a run of two defeats in their last 14 league games.

The Eagles have certainly come a long way since the early weeks of the season when they lost their opening seven games without scoring a goal, with Roy Hodgson galvanising his side over recent months, although they did suffer a 1-0 defeat against Newcastle when the two teams met at St James’ Park in October.

Palace also have a number of injury problems ahead of the contest with Bakary Sako becoming the latest player to be ruled out with some
reports suggesting he broke his ankle during the midweek draw at West Ham.

Sako’s absence could boost the chances of deadline day signing Alexander Sorloth making his debut following his arrival from Midtjylland.

Newcastle have also been in better form of late as they have only lost one of their last five league games, although three of those contests ended in a draw, including the midweek stalemate against Burnley.

The Magpies also struggled on their last visit to Selhurst Park, losing 5-1 during their relegation season in November 2015.

Boss Rafael Benitez made two signings on deadline day, goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and forward Islam Slimani, although the latter will not be available to feature for a couple of weeks due to injury.

Defender Florian Lejeune is also a doubt for Sunday’s match with a foot problem, while Jesus Gamez has definitely been ruled out with an ankle complaint.

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