Looking to take points off a top-four side for the second time in the space of four days, Crystal Palace host Newcastle United at Selhurst Park in Saturday’s Premier League contest.
Patrick Vieira’s side left it late to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United in midweek, while the Magpies also waited until the dying embers to scrape past Fulham 1-0 at the weekend.
Crystal Palace have lost centre-back Joachim Andersen to a calf injury which will likely keep him out for several more days, allowing Chris Richards to make his first Premier League start in midweek, but he was arguably fortunate not to have given away a penalty after a tangle with Scott McTominay.
Nathan Ferguson and James McArthur are keeping Andersen company in the treatment room, and Vieira may be tempted to tinker with his side despite the positive result against Man United, where Jean-Philippe Mateta started before being hooked before the hour.
Jordan Ayew and Eberechi Eze will be vying for recalls in the final third, although Will Hughes can feel confident of keeping his spot in the engine room.
As for Newcastle, jubilation soon turned to concern after Sunday’s win over Fulham, where Bruno Guimaraes rolled his ankle and managed to make it to half time before leaving the field in tears and departing the stadium on crutches.
No timeframe has been placed on Guimaraes’s return yet, but he is expected to remain out for a few weeks, joining Emil Krafth, Paul Dummett, Matt Targett and Jonjo Shelvey in the treatment room.
Joelinton – who started against Fulham despite a recent drink-driving charge – should revert to a midfield role in Guimaraes’s absence, allowing the dangerous Allan Saint-Maximin to make a rare start out wide, and Isak will have Callum Wilson’s number nine spot in his sights with Chris Wood on his way to Nottingham Forest.
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Clyne, Richards, Guehi, Mitchell; Eze, Doucoure, Hughes; Olise, Ayew, Zaha
Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Willock, Longstaff, Joelinton; Almiron, Isak, Saint-Maximin
We say: Crystal Palace 0-1 Newcastle United