Crystal Palace vs Newcastle preview, team news, kick-off, prediction

Wilfried Zaha out for Palace, who have won only two of last 16 league games without talisman; follow Crystal Palace vs Newcastle with our live blog on Sky Sports website and app; watch free match highlights shortly after full-time on Sky Sports’ digital platforms and YouTube channel

Thursday 26 November 2020 18:25, UK

Team news and stats ahead of Crystal Palace vs Newcastle in the Premier League on Friday (kick-off 8pm).

Team news

Crystal Palace will again be without Wilfried Zaha as the forward continues his period of self-isolation following a positive coronavirus test.

Captain Luka Milivojevic, who had been isolating in Serbia, has now been given the all-clear to train again following a negative test for Covid-19, but the midfielder is not yet back in contention.

Eagles boss Roy Hodgson has no fresh injury concerns, with defender James Tomkins (thigh) stepping up his rehabilitation, while Wayne Hennessey (thigh), Nathan Ferguson (knee) and Connor Wickham (thigh) are all long-term absentees.

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Newcastle will have striker Callum Wilson back in contention after a hamstring problem.

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Jonjo Shelvey (hamstring) and Matt Ritchie (shoulder) are also available again, although because the pair have been sidelined for a number of weeks, it seems unlikely either will be thrust into the starting XI.

Magpies head coach Steve Bruce revealed “two or three” unnamed individuals are self-isolating because of coronavirus, while a couple of others are carrying minor fitness issues.

How to follow

Follow Crystal Palace vs Newcastle in our dedicated live match blog. Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.

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