Another defeat of Crystal Palace, one-nil against Newcastle



The embarrassing start of Newcastle for its return to the Premier League seems to have ended well until now, with Rafa Benitez’s club looking much more confident now and collecting the results to go with that.

The Newcastle defense is not good either, they have achieved only two clean sheets in all competitions this season and have conceded seven goals in five games at St James’ Park.

With the new confidence of Crystal Palace flowing, it was expected at least one goal to be achieved, due to the fact that they have not had a good run in the season and it is a concern for their defensive line.

The Crystal Palace is so far the worst team in the Premier League and probably it could be the worst in the recent history of the same Premier League. They lost 7 consecutive games without scoring; they broke both streaks after winning that game 2 – 1 against an unrecognizable Chelsea.

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Anyway, it can’t be changed what Crystal Palace has done this season, which theoretically would be summarized to nothing, away from home still without scoring any goal and has conceded 11 goals in 4 games away from Selhurst Park.

Although the Crystal Palace may have improved their mood, the Newcstle would arrive for this match as the top favorite.


The set of Rafael Benitez, the Newcastle would be the local one, aligned as follows.

  1. Elliot as the goalkeeper; in the defense, D. Yedlin, J. Lascelles, F. Lejeune and Javi Manquillo; in the midfield, I. Hayden, J. Shelvey; more advanced forming a line of three, M. Ritchie, Ayoze Perez and C. Atsu; and Joselu as the only striker.

For its part, the Crystal Palace, in his visit, would be aligned as follows.

  1. Speroni as the goalkeeper; in the defense P. van Anholt, M. Sakho, S. Dann and J. Ward; in the midfield, J. Schlupp, L. Milivojevic, Y. Cabaye and J. McArthur; and as strikers, W. Zaha and A. Townsed.




The match

In the first and the second half, neither of the teams had much merit, but Newcastle was more successful in its arrivals, when in the 86th minute they achieved one-nil thanks to a goal from Mikel Merino and a pass from Ritchie.


The Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle would have rediscovered the victory that afternoon, in the visit of the bottom of the Premier League, the Crystal Palace.

If something is characterizing the season of the Crystal Palace is its lack of success, something that has been shown against Newcastle, where they only had ten shots in ninety minutes, none at the door.

Newcastle has not been much more refined, but it has been more successful, just and necessary to win the game. Three points that make the Rafa Benitez’s team retake the road, after three days without any victory, being momentarily in the sixth place.

While the Crystal Palace remains last and without hope of straightening the course.

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