Crystal Palace are looking for their first away since April this year when they play Newcastle tomorrow.
Andros Townsend returns to face the club he left after six months of service as Crystal Palace travel to the north east.
Townsend was a key player for Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle side before former Palace boss Alan Pardew decided to bring the attacking midfielder to South London. Despite the winger’s impressive displays for Newcastle, the now Palace favourite expects a cold-hearted atmosphere from the home fans.
Townsend told Sky Sports: “I’m not sure I’ll get a good reception but I had a fantastic time there.
“Unfortunately it didn’t end well but I thoroughly enjoyed my time there with the fans and I’m looking forward to going there and see a few familiar faces. I’ll enjoy it.”
Palace enjoyed an impressive 2-1 win over champions and London rivals Chelsea last weekend with Wilfried Zaha’s winning strike marking his return from injury.
The performance marked not only the first league victory for the Eagles but also the first league goal for the club in eight games, ending a run of 640 minutes without scoring.
However, despite last week’s heroics, Palace remain bottom of the table, and come up against a Newcastle side who have made a promising start to the season following their promotion from the Championship.
A buoyant atmosphere is expected to await the Palace players and fans after it was revealed midweek that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has put the club up for sale, a decision welcomed by the fans.
BBC commentator Steve Wilson wrote: “We will also see what impact beating Chelsea has had on Crystal Palace? With renewed confidence on board can Roy Hodgson now lift Palace to their first way league win since Anfield in April?”
Crystal Palace injury updates:
Manager Roy Hodgson has a decision to make over whether to stick with Julian Speroni in goal or recall Wayne Hennessey, who missed the win over Chelsea with a calf injury.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be recalled, having been ineligible last weekend, but Christian Benteke remains out.
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson told the BBC: “Newcastle are a good footballing team. I watched them at Southampton and they were every bit as good as I expected.
“They are a well-organised team with a clear idea of what they want to do with and without the ball. We have to give exactly the same performance that we did against Chelsea.”
Newcastle United Vs Crystal Palace kicks off on Saturday at 3pm.