Crystal Palace 0 – 0 Newcastle Utd

A drab affair in London seen Newcastle take a point playing away to Palace at the weekend, with the away team looking unambitious in their attempts to secure all three points.

With the return of a watching Mike Ashley in the stands, his first appearance at a game in 18months, going along with the summer transfer woes, poor performances thus far and an unhappy Rafa this was not a game for the neutral (or a toon fan).

Newcastle welcomed back Shelvey and Rondon into the starting 11 but neither made a mark on the game as the stats below show

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With only 6 attempts total (3 hitting the mark) and just over 1/3 of the possession, Newcastle made little impact on the game, leaving fans frustrated, deploying these tactics against better opposition is one thing, but against a side like Palace is quite another. This may be the only option Rafa Benitez has after the summer window and the inability of the board to recruit the talent he requires to play a different style.

Crystal Palace despite the stats were also not at their best, with Zaha possibly being distracted by events of the previous week.

Palace came closest to breaking the deadlock when Luka Milivojevic’s free-kick from the left beat everyone and rebounded off the post, and it was more a case of near-misses for the hosts before half-time.

They were let off shortly after the break too, when Joselu’s drive from Matt Ritchie’s header was simple enough for Hennessey.

But in the final 15 minutes, Palace  began to turn the screw in a half where they ended with 66 per cent of possession, and Sakho had the goal gaping when Andros Townsend crossed from the left, but he somehow headed wide of the near post from barely four yards. Late on, Townsend saw a shot smothered behind by Martin Dubravka (below and man of the match), but Palace were left frustrated on an afternoon where the weather was just as poor as the quality on show from either side.

Looking at the stats leading up to the game may have given the keen punter an insight onto any evidence of a possible stalemate, and may have led to a windfall with a completely free bet

Crystal Palace had won just one of their last 11 Premier League games against Newcastle United (W1 D5 L5) – a 5-1 victory at Selhurst Park in November 2015.
Newcastle have failed to win on 17 of their last 20 Premier League games in London (W3 D3 L14).
Crystal Palace have failed to score in three consecutive Premier League home matches for the first time since September 2017.
Newcastle have scored just four Premier League goals this season, one fewer than former striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has netted for Fulham (5).
Following a run of four wins in a row, Newcastle have won just one of their last 11 Premier League matches, drawing two and losing eight.
Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has kept a clean sheet in four of his last seven Premier League appearances, including in each of the last two.



What’s next?

Newcastle host Leicester in the league next Saturday (15:00 BST).



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