Newcastle Review vs Crystal Palace (0-0)

In match-day six of the 2018/19 Premier League season Newcastle were set to travel down to Selhurst Park to take on mid-table Crystal Palace. After only managing to earn a single point from their difficult opening five games, this fixture came as an opportunity for Newcastle to kickstart their campaign with a positive result.
Palace played host to Newcastle having only won once at home against the Magpies in Premier League history. Palace were also yet to pick up a home win so far this season, having lost two and drawn one at Selhurst Park this season.
The pre-match warm-up saw Wilfried Zaha leave the Palace warm-up clutching his back, but unfortunately for Newcastle fans he would return and start the game.
Luka Milivojevic looked the most threatening man for Crystal Palace in the first half. The Serbian midfielder swung a free-kick in from the left which went through the crowd of players in the Newcastle box and struck the post. Despite only managing three shots in the first half, Newcastle had looked dangerous. Ayoze Perez stole the ball from James Tomkins but his effort failed to test Wayne Hennessey, while Jamaal Lascelles was left unmarked from a corner but could not hit the target.
The best chance of the game undoubtedly fell to Mamadou Sakho. Martin Dubravka came out of his goal in an attempt to clear Townsend’s corner, but the ball found its way through to Sakho at the back post. With an open goal in front of him, Sakho missed the target with his header to the relief of the Newcastle fans and players. The chance came in the 82nd minute and may have been enough to give Palace their first home win of the season. Palace would have another chance two minutes later. Andros Townsend’s effort from the left-side of the box was saved by Dubravka, a save which secured just a second point of the season for Newcastle.
With that result Newcastle remain in the relegation zone but have moved up into 18th ahead of Cardiff City, while Crystal Palace have moved into 11th with the rest of this weekend’s games still to be played.
Crystal Palace line-up: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Kouyate (Meyer 63’), McArthur, Townsend, Zaha, Ayew (Sorloth 71’)
Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie (Atsu 73’), Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez (Muto 81’), Rondon (Joselu 45’)


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