Will Newcastle manage a result against struggling Crystal Palace?

Watch Live: Newcastle United vs. Crystal Palace (Lineups and Discuss)

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With just three points separating them from the drop, Crystal Palace need to be very careful in their visit to St. James’ Park to take on Newcastle (Watch live at 11 a.m. ET online via Live Extra).

You’d think careful would be Tony Pulis’s watchword, but Palace have notched just three draws since he was appointed, putting their total at four – the same number as Newcastle. But despite Pulis’s reputation as the man that’s never seen his side relegated, Crystal Palace are mighty close. They’re just three points above Sunderland, who have a two game advantage, and last week’s goalless draw did nothing to help their cause.

Newcastle, on the other hand, are certainly safe with 43 points, but that won’t ease their fans frustrations. As if it weren’t enough to lose to last-place Fulham (in rather controversial circumstances) last weekend, the Magpies haven’t had a decent showing at home since Boxing Day, when they thrashed Stoke 5-1. Sure, they beat Aston Villa 1-0 in their last home game, but that was the first time Newcastle had scored at St. James’ in six matches, while conceding 10. A solid smashing of fragile Palace would do wonders.


Perhaps a bit surprisingly, there’s no changes made to the Newcastle side that lost at Craven Cottage last weekend. Then again, the visitors could have very well had a different result if decisions had gone their way, so maybe the fault won’t be put on the players. That, or Newcastle have few options at this time.

With just one goal in their last four outings (and just 19 all season), Palace could use a bit of a change of pace. Glen Murray and Tom Ince drop to the bench, replaced by Jason Puncheon and Cameron Jerome in attack.


Newcastle: Krul; Yanga-Mbiwa, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Anita, Tioté, Gouffran; de Jong, Cissé

Subs: Elliot, S.Taylor, Haïdara, Gosling, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Bolasie, Ledley, Puncheon, Jerome

Subs: Hennessey, Gabbidon, O’Keefe, Guedioura, Bannan, Ince, Murray

MLS Snapshot: Orlando City SC 2-1 Montreal Impact

Cyle Larin, Orlando City SC

The game in 100 words (or less): For weeks, it was a widely held belief that the Montreal Impact would snatch up the sixth and final playoff place in the Eastern Conference with little or no resistance from their opposition. As they went six games unbeaten (four wins), all looked to be setting up perfect for the club that fired Frank Klopas midseason, but there was another team in the race for sixth that kept winning themselves: Orlando City SC. On Saturday night, Montreal and Orlando City faced off at the Citrus, with the expansion Lions claiming their fourth-straight victory with a 2-1 triumph. Montreal now holds a one-point lead on Orlando in the race for sixth, and have two games in hand, but it’s no longer a foregone conclusion L’Impact will qualify for the playoffs no resistance whatsoever.

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Three moments that mattered

33′ — Bush’s mistake gifts Larin the opening goal — Larin did what your taught to do as a striker — “put it on frame, test the goalkeeper” — but in no universe does a shot so feeble have any business finding the back of the net. Evan Bush has been great this year. Hopefully (for Montreal’s sake), this howler doesn’t turn into the yips with the playoffs looming.

43′ — Hall’s “mistake” gifts Oduro an equalizer — Dominic Oduro equalized in the 43rd minute, when he took the ball out of the hands of Tally Hall and smashed it into the back of the net, but the goal should have been disallowed due to Hall having full control of the ball.

80′ — Hines hits the winner for Orlando — Seb Hines put the ball back into the mixer and just so happened to find the back of the net in the 80th minute. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

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Man of the match: Seb Hines

Goalscorers: Larin (33′), Oduro (43′), Hines (80′)

MLS Snapshot: NY Red Bulls 2-1 Columbus Crew SC

Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York Red Bulls
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The game in 100 words (or less): Two weeks in a row Columbus Crew SC have had a chance to go top of the Eastern Conference with a victory, and two weeks in a row Crew SC have failed to take a single point from massively important fixtures. Their latest defeat, a 2-1 humbling at the hands of the East-leading New York Red Bulls, started so well for Gregg Berhalter’s side, but was undone by a pair of costly, comedic defensive errors that allowed Lloyd Sam and Bradley Wright-Phillips (15th of the season) to erase an early deficit (Justin Meram) and win all three points. The result not only keeps the Red Bulls top of the East, but gives them a three- and four-point cushion with three and two games in hand on their nearest competitors., D.C. United and New England Revoltion respectively. For Crew SC, they’re four points back of the Red Bulls in fourth place, one point ahead of fifth-place Toronto FC, who have a game in hand.

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Three moments that mattered

9′ — Meram pokes it past Robles for an early lead — Meram “earned” his goal all the way back in midfield, when the Iraqi international’s mazy run took a routine turnover inside Crew SC’s defensive half and turned it into a dangerous counter-attacking opportunity. Harrison Afful overlapped and provided the cross for Meram to send home.

12′ — Sam capitalizes on multiple mistakes to equalize — Crew SC pass the ball out of the back. They don’t boot it forward to clear. It’s just what they do. Sometimes, that’ll bite you. When your goalkeeper and right back both have blunders clearing the ball 10 seconds apart, you probably deserve to concede an ugly, scrappy goal.

21′ — Wright-Phillips capitalizes on more defensive gaffes — See the above description for Red Bulls goal no. 1.

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Man of the match: Damien Perrinelle

Goalscorers: Meram (9′), Sam (12′), Wright-Phillips (21′)