Newcastle gleefully ended their longest Premier League (PL) winless run since May 2015 by beating Everton (Jan 30), in the process securing just their fourth PL win as an outsider
The hosts have now also failed to score before HT in nine PL fixtures dating back to mid-December. Yet, some admirable first-half efforts in defence at least kept five of the last seven matches in that period to a 0-0 HT scoreline.
Crystal Palace appear to be improving upon their own defensive woes, maintaining clean sheets in three of their last five PL matches after failing to do so in any of the 15 priors.
They are also led by a man (Roy Hodgson) who has a positive H2H record on the touchline vs opposite number Steve Bruce (W4, D4, L2).
The Eagles' most recent win, which came at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers, was the first of their last eight PL games in which the HT result was not replicated at the final whistle.
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