Newcastle aim to make it back-to-back wins as they welcome Crystal Palace to St James' Park
After recording their first win in 13 attempts at the weekend, Newcastle return to St James’ Park looking to pick up another win that will take them further away from the bottom three on Tuesday night, as Crystal Palace provide the opposition.
New coach Graeme Jones clearly had an impact on the Magpies, as a much-improved performance saw them beat Everton 2-0, thanks to Callum Wilson’s ninth and tenth goals of the season.
It was a timely win for Steve Bruce’s side, with Brighton also picking up a win that would have saw Newcastle slip into 17th.
Roy Hodgson’s Palace are also coming off the back of a win of their own, thanks to Eberechi Eze’s third goal of the season giving them a 1-0 win over Wolves on Saturday afternoon. The game came at a cost though, with Hodgson confirming he has injury issues ahead of the trip to the North East.
Newcastle have some worries too, with Bruce confirming that Jamaal Lascelles will miss a few weeks through injury suffered at Goodison Park, with Ryan Fraser also suffering with sickness since the win.
Those two blows are softened by the return of Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett though, while Allan Saint-Maximin is now fit enough to start after another fine substitute performance at the weekend. New loan signing Joe Willock is also likely to be involved in some capacity after signing from Arsenal for the rest of the season.
Federico Fernandez is still injured for the Magpies, so the shape of the side is likely to remain the same for the visit of the Eagles, after the 4-3-1-2 system worked nicely against Everton. Miguel Almiron was a particular highlight, and is finally being played in his preferred number 10 position.
Crystal Palace will be without James Tomkins, Wayne Hennessey, Mamadou Sakho, Connor Wickham, Jeffrey Schlupp and Nathan Ferguson for the trip, with James McArthur also likely to miss out after a muscle injury kept him out of the win over Wolves. Jean-Philippe Mateta was an unused sub that day, but should make his debut against Newcastle.
Newcastle United take on Crystal Palace at St James’ Park on Tuesday, February 2nd. Kick-off is at 8.15pm.