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Crystal Palace-Newcastle United Preview

Eddie Howe wants his Newcastle United players and fans to respond to their painful midweek defeat to Liverpool when they host Crystal Palace.

Newcastle came within seconds of a point at Anfield, where they had earlier led through Alexander Isak's debut goal. Fabio Carvalho's winner arrived in the 98th minute, with players and supporters alike feeling a sense of injustice after only five minutes of stoppage time were indicated.

The Magpies were then booed off by the Liverpool fans, too, amid claims of time-wasting, which Howe refuted on Friday.

The Newcastle coach is keen to avoid a "hangover" but added his belief the events of Wednesday's match could work in their favour against Palace.

"I expect St James' Park to be rocking again," Howe said. "I think the Anfield experience at the end there will hopefully get the crowd into the game from minute one, and certainly I want to see a positive reaction from my team from what happened."

Despite the excitement around Newcastle this season, they are just one point and one place above Palace after winning only one of their opening five games.

"You can't make a judgment on that," Palace boss Patrick Vieira said. "There's still a really long way to go. I think that they have the squad to play European football next season; this is what they built for. It's too early to talk about any teams regarding their position."

Newcastle United – Alexander Isak

Newcastle's new record signing scored one stunning goal at Anfield and would have had another if not for a marginal offside. Having been substituted with a dead leg, the Magpies will hope Isak is fit to lead the line again.

Crystal Palace – Michael Olise

Olise had a huge impact in his limited minutes on the pitch last season, only to be robbed of the start of this campaign by injury, too. However, the winger made his first start against Brentford last time out and will be keen to make up for lost time.

– Newcastle are looking to win consecutive league games against Crystal Palace for the first time since October 2017, following their 1-0 win in this exact fixture in April last season.

– After winning just two of their first 17 away league games against Newcastle between 1964 and 2017, Crystal Palace have now won two of their last four visits to St James' Park (L2).

– After a 3-3 draw in August 2014, Newcastle have only scored more than one goal once in their subsequent 13 Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (W5 D4 L4), netting 11 goals in total in this run.

– Newcastle have only lost one of their last 12 Premier League games at St James' Park (W8 D3), a 0-1 defeat to Liverpool in April of last season. Indeed, the Magpies have won eight of their last 10 at home in the league (D1 L1), as many as their previous 37 beforehand (D15 L14).

– Crystal Palace have picked up one point from their last three away league games, despite opening the scoring (and leading at half-time) in each one. No team in Premier League history has led at half-time and yet failed to win four consecutive away games.

Updated September 2, 2022

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