Rejuvenated Crystal Palace will be looking to continue their recovery under Tony Pulis when they welcome Newcastle United to Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.
Palace (4-1-11) have picked up ten points from their last six games to move away from the bottom of the table. Recent wins over Cardiff City, West Ham United and Hull City saw the London club take crucial points off their potential relegation rivals, and there were plenty of positives to take from last weekend's game against Chelsea, despite a 2-1 defeat. Ahead of Saturday's match, Pulis was keen to credit the role that the fans have played in his team's resurgence and called on them to continue that support against the Magpies.
"The fans have been outstanding since I have been here," said Pulis. "They are very important to us, particularly at home, where every game is a cup final.
"Newcastle are a great club and their away support is fantastic. Our support has been outstanding and we will need them to be that again."
Newcastle (8-3-5) have been in terrific form in recent weeks, with five wins and a draw in their last seven games helping them up to sixth in the table.
Summer loan signing Loic Remy has played a crucial part in the Magpies' improved showing this season, but manager Alan Pardew suggested that the club will be restrained in the upcoming transfer window having brought in a host of new faces in the last 12 months.
"I think we can be very calculated in this window," said Pardew. "If you are in a good position, there is no need to rush anything. In the corresponding window last year, we really needed to do some business, and when you need to do business I think it is a difficult window. When you don't need to do business, which perhaps you can argue we don't, then maybe you can look at it in a more calculated manner.
"The last ten games have proven our consistency, that we're a good side. Whether we can be a great side, we will have to wait and see. We already have one more point than we did in the season when we finished fifth two years ago, so we're in good shape."
Crystal Palace have injury doubts over Dean Moxey (hamstring) and Jerome Thomas (ankle), while Adlene Guedioura (rib), Jack Hunt (ankle), Paddy McCarthy (groin) and Glenn Murray (knee) are out. Newcastle will be without long-term absentee Ryan Taylor (knee).
The Eagles have scored in three consecutive matches for the first time this season, but are still the lowest scoring team in the league with just 11 goals. They failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their opening ten matches since gaining promotion, but have shut out their opponents in four of the last six games.
Newcastle have four wins away from home already this season, doubling their total from last season. The Magpies failed to score in their opening two matches of the campaign, but have found the net in 13 of the 14 matches since then.
These sides last met in 2009-10 in the Championship, with Newcastle winning both games 2-0. Palace also failed to win either game when these teams last met in the top-flight (2004-05), drawing 0-0 at St James' Park and losing 2-0 at home.
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