Crystal Palace notched up their first win of the season in their last match in the Premier League. It was a shocking outcome for both the sides, as the reigning champions Chelsea succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at Selhurst Park, handing the Eagles their first points of the season along with their first two goals.
However, it remains an uphill task for the South London club to revive their campaign this term. Though the unexpected triumph against their West London rivals gave them the much-needed impetus, the Eagles will have to keep their winning form intact and hope for the best outcome in their next match as well, when they take on Newcastle United.
This is how the Eagles might lineup against the Magpies.
It doesn’t seem that Roy Hodgson will look to turn things around and break a winning combination which handed them their maiden victory in the Premier League this term after a disastrous start to the campaign.
The back four, consisting of Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Mamadou Sakho and Patrick Van Aanholt will look to stabilise their defence and keep the opposition attackers at bay, helping their side to get another important win this season. Julian Speroni is tipped to start in the goal for the Eagles once more.
Players like James McArthur, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic were impressive in the last game against Chelsea. They played a number of good passes into the final third to set up their forwards and cause ample problems for the defending champions.
The trio will look to repeat their performance from the last match against the Magpies once again to get another very important three points and help themselves get out of the bottom position in the league table.
The absence of Christian Benteke did not seem to be a problem for the Eagles as their forwards Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend and Jeffrey Schulpp went on to dish out a brilliant display against one of the strongest sides in Europe in their last match.
Though they will not have the home advantage in their next match against Newcastle United, the Eagles will once again depend on their spearheads, especially Wilfried Zaha, whose dazzling performance in his comeback match made the difference for his team.
Speroni, Ward, Dann, Sakho, Van Aanholt, McArthur, Cabaye, Milivojevic, Schulpp, Townsend, Zaha.