FYP Preview: Crystal Palace vs Newcastle (24/9/2014)

Written by Andy Bloss

Wednesday September 24th, 2014. Kick off 8:00pm. Selhurst Park, South London.

After a thrilling win at Goodison Park on Sunday Crystal Palace's attention now turns to the Carling Cup and Newcastle United as they do battle again for the second time this season. The Eagles had Wilfried Zaha's 90+7 minute equaliser to thank for taking a point from St James' Park a few weeks ago, and they will be looking to go one better in the cup on Wednesday evening.

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Crystal Palace take on Newcastle tomorrow night in the Carling Cup with fresh optimism after their 3-2 win over Everton on Sunday. 

The Eagles are back under the lights at Selhurst Park as they play a Newcastle side who are having a rocky start to the season. 

Palace and Newcastle played out an epic 3-3 draw in Neil Warnock's first game in charge last month where Wilfried Zaha scored a last minute goal to ensure the Eagles returned to south London with a share of the points. 

And after being dropped to the bench against Everton on Sunday, Zaha could return to the starting line-up tomorrow evening with some of Sunday's stars likely to be rested. 

Players such as Joniesta, Hangeland, Doyle, Fryers and Gayle could all feature against the Magpies as boss Neil Warnock seeks to examine those fringe players he has seen little of so far this campaign. 
Additionally, after they were not included in the Palace U21 side defeated by Crewe on Tuesday, Jake Gray, Sullay KaiKai and Hiram Boateng are likely to be involved in some capacity against Newcastle. 

Newcastle's manager and former Palace star Alan Pardew will be hoping a win in the cup can spur them on in the Premier League with his team without a win so far. 

Sammy Ameobi impressed off the bench during Newcastle's 2-2 draw with Hull on Saturday and could start on Wednesday after Pardew issued the forward with a challenge to deliver more on the football pitch. 
The Magpies will be without Tim Krul, Yoan Gouffran and Papiss Cisse after they were struck down with a virus during the week. 
Davide Santon, Adam Campbell, Rolando Aarons and Siem De Jong are also set to miss out with injury.

Pardew's side beat Gillingham in the last round of the cup with Palace also seeing off lower league opposition after beating Walsall 3-0. 

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Stat Attack:

Provided by Palace Stats 

Crystal Palace have won five, drawn one and lost five games against Newcastle United in games at Selhurst Park.
In the 11 games between the two sides in South London, Newcastle have managed to put 13 goals past the Eagles whilst conceding 12.
The two sides have never met in a cup game at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles have managed to pick up six wins in their last nine League Cup games; the three defeats include a penalty shoot out in the semi-final against Cardiff City in 2010.
Wednesday's visitors to Selhurst Park have won five and lost four League Cup games in their last nine, winning and losing twice in extra time.
Crystal Palace are currently on a three game unbeaten run since Neil Warnock took over the reigns at Selhurst Park; winning once and drawing twice.
Newcastle United have reached the third round of the League Cup in three of their last four attempts; their only defeat came against the only side in the Premier League during that run, Manchester City.
Dwight Gayle is currently sitting third in the scoring charts in the League Cup this season after Tuesday night's fixtures.


Games are always that bit more exciting under the lights at Selhurst Park and I have a feeling fans could be in for a cracker on Wednesday night. 

Both sides will probably play some fringe players and Warnock has already said he wants to see some of his squad players in action before deciding whether any of them should be sent out on loan. 

The cup is not a priority for Palace this season but those who get a game tomorrow evening will want to impress and force their way into the first team on Saturday. 

Newcastle's defence has not been as watertight as previous seasons and if players like Joniesta and Gayle and Zaha can put them under some pressure then I think Palace have a good chance of making it through to the next round. 

Palace 2-1 Newcastle