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Pundit impressed by Newcastle United, predicts positive result against Palace

Pundit impressed by Newcastle United, predicts positive result against Palace

We have to get the best out of him and support him as best we can.

Benitez, however, is aware of the club's potential having agreed to stay on in the wake of relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2015-16 campaign and then leading the team back into the top flight at the first attempt.

In a statement released on Monday, the club said "As a result of increasing press speculation regarding the future of Newcastle United, the owner of the club, St James Holdings Limited, wishes to clarify its intentions".

Well, Pards did his best to take Townsend and Palace to a very definite new level, the Championship.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is refusing to allow excitement at the prospect of a takeover cloud his judgement as he looks to kill Crystal Palace's recovery in its infancy.

"I'm not sure I'll get a good reception (from Newcastle fans) but I had a fantastic time there".

"I know the fans will be excited".

Typically however, Benitez insisted he and his side are not being distracted by off-the-field issues and are fully focused on the visit of Palace.

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"It's similar in the way (Hodgson and Allardyce) work".

"Haidara has been training, Dummett is out", added Benitez.

City travel to Newcastle United on 27 December, while their home game against Watford scheduled for 1 January 2018 will be moved given they will play on 31 December.

"Like Sam, it (Hodgson arriving) isn't a quick fix".

Palace's inspiration against Chelsea came through Wilfried Zaha, who scored the victor and turned in an electric performance up front in his first game since the opening day.

Under normal circumstances this would seem a fairly straight forward home win for the Blues - but they do not seem like a team with any kind of fluency or harmony now, and last weeks loss to Crystal Palace made it two league losses on the bounce for Chelsea and their third of the season already.

"I am the manager".

He said: "I had a meeting with him and we spoke".