The surprising stat about Newcastle United’s recent history vs. Palace

Martin Dubravka of Newcastle United F.C. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Martin Dubravka of Newcastle United F.C. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images) /

Newcastle United and Crystal Palace have played a closely-contested series over the past few years.

With the two clubs set to meet on Friday, Crystal Palace currently occupies the 11th position on the Premier League table, just two points ahead of 15th-place Newcastle United.

At the end of the last three seasons, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace have been within two positions of one another on the final Premier League table, including the clubs finishing 13th and 14th respectively last season. With similar success and struggles in recent years, it’s no surprise that the two perennial mid-table sides have played some very close matches against each other over the last few years.

In the last seven matches between Newcastle and Palace, zero matches have been decided by more than a goal. The Magpies have only lost two of those matches, two of the last three encounters.

Last season, each club secured a 1-0 victory in their home fixture. In December 2019, Miguel Almiron scored his first goal for the club and secured the narrow victory for Steve Bruce’s side. Their loss later in the season was a rough performance. Newcastle actually held the edge in possession, but a Patrick van Aanholt free-kick goal was the only tally on the day as the Magpies couldn’t get going in the attack.

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For the all-time series, Newcastle United hold a major edge. They have won 27 of the 47 previous meetings. From January 1999 through February 2015, NUFC went 11 matches without a defeat in the series. Palace ended that run with a 5-1 blowout win in November of 2015.