Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United match preview: Capital One Cup

A look ahead to Wednesday’s Capital One Cup fixture at Selhurst Park

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Wednesday’s encounter is already the second meeting this season between the two sides after an entertaining 3-3 draw at St James Park last month, Neil Warnock’s first game in charge of Crystal Palace as Wilfried Zaha scored their 90th minute equaliser against Newcastle.

The hosts go into their third round League Cup tie in great form after Saturday’s stunning 3-2 victory at Everton, preserving their unbeaten start under new manager Warnock this season.

The Eagles’ first win of the Premier League season lifted themselves out of the bottom-three, although striker Marouane Chamakh is a major doubt after missing the victory at Goodison Park with a hamstring problem.

Papiss Cisse’s late brace salvaged a 2-2 draw at home to Hull City on Saturday on a day when manager Alan Pardew faced a mass protest inside St James’ Park calling for his sacking.

The Magpies lie rock-bottom in the Premier League after failing to register a win in their opening five league games.

Two-goal hero Cisse is ruled out through illness alongside goalkeeper Tim Krul and Yoan Gouffran, meanwhile Siem de Jong (thigh), Davide Santon (knee), Rolando Aarons (hamstring) and Adam Campbell (hernia) are still sidelined.

KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm

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Warnock pictured during the win at the weekend

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Newcastle United 3 (Janmaat, Aarons, Williamson) Crystal Palace 3 (Gayle, Puncheon, Zaha), Premier League, August 2014

Newcastle United 1 (Cisse) Crystal Palace 0, Premier League, March 2014

Crystal Palace 0 Newcastle United 3 (Cabaye, Gabbidon OG, Ben Arfa), Premier League, December 2013

STATS…

Wednesday’s match will be the first-ever meeting between the two sides in the League Cup.

Newcastle United are unbeaten in their last nine matches against Crystal Palace, winning seven.

Crystal Palace are yet to lose under boss Neil Warnock, winning once and drawing twice.

Eagles striker Dwight Gayle is the joint top goalscorer in the League Cup this season with three goals alongside Milton Keynes Dons’ Benik Afobe, Huddersfield Town’s Nahki Wells and Port Vale’s Ben Williamson.

Newcastle United have progressed into the fourth round of the League Cup in three of their last four attempts

The Magpies’ best League Cup run was back in 1976 after losing 2-1 in the final to Manchester City.

Alan Pardew’s side have only won one game this season – their 1-0 victory over League One side Gillingham in the second round of the League Cup.

 

ODDS…

Crystal Palace to win: 2.4

Newcastle United to win: 2.8

Draw: 3.3

CLASSIC MOMENT/MATCH

Crystal Palace were unable to stave off relegation from the Premier League on the final day of the 1994-95 season after Newcastle United edged a five-goal thriller 3-2 at St James Park.

Palace needed Aston Villa to lose away to Norwich City and snatch all three points from Kevin Keegan’s side, but first-half goals from Rob Lee, Ruel Fox and Keith Gillespie drove the Magpies into what looked like an unassailable lead at the break.

However, late strikes from Ray Houghton and Chris Armstrong set up a nail-biting end to the game at St James Park, but the Eagles were eventually unable to overturn the three-goal deficit as they dropped back down into the Championship.

TV: Highlights on BBC 1 from 11.05pm on Wednesday.

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