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The middle of the Premier League table is heavily congested with six points separating fifth place and 13th place. On Saturday, Newcastle host Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park. The Magpies are 11th in the table with 22 points. The Eagles are ninth with 23 points.

Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are even-steven against one another since October of 2017 (1-1-2), but likely not for long.

They are meeting up for their first leg of the season at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday at St. James’ Park. Since Crystal Palace’s past three matches have been decided by no more than a single goal, don’t be surprised if it’s a close one.

Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion tied 1-1, good for one point each.

Meanwhile, it was all tied up nothing to nothing at halftime, but Newcastle was not quite Burnley’s equal in the second half when they met on Saturday. The Magpies lost 1-0 to Burnley.

Crystal Palace are 6-6-5 (23 points) and Newcastle is 6-7-4 (22 points), so if Newcastle wins they will leapfrog Crystal Palace in the standings.

MATCH INFO

Date: Saturday, Dec. 21
Start Time: 10:00 a.m. ET
Location: Newcastle, England
Stadium: St. James’ Park
TV info: Online only

Possible lineups

NEWCASTLE

Subs from Elliot, Krafth, Yedlin, Gayle, Muto, S Longstaff, M Longstaff, Atsu, Lejeune.

CRYSTAL PALACE

Subs from Henderson, Hennessey, Camarasa, McCarthy, Dreher, Lokilo, Wickham, Meyer.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Everton vs. Arsenal, 7:30 a.m. (NBCSN)
Norwich City vs. Wolves, 10 a.m. (NBCSN) 
Bournemouth vs. Burnley, 10 a.m. (NBC Sports Gold)
Astron Villa vs. Southampton, 10 a.m. (NBC Sports Gold)  
Brighton vs. Sheffield United, 10 a.m. (NBC Sports Gold)
Newcastle United vs. Crystal Palace, 10 a.m. (NBC Sports Gold)
Manchester City vs. Leicester City, 12:30 p.m. (NBC)