We use the stats from the Premier League season so far to preview Crystal Palace's match with Newcastle United tonight.
Crystal Palace and Newcastle United meet in League Cup action tonight, as both sides look to progress to the fourth round of the competition.
The two sides have already played against each-other this season, with the match ending up in a 3-3 draw, but the form of the two teams since then has been in stark contrast.
Palace have remained unbeaten since that game, with a win against Everton at the weekend really building their spirits, but the Magpies have slumped.
A 4-0 away defeat to Southampton followed by a 2-2 home draw with Hull City has left Alan Pardew's side without a victory in the league this season and they can ill-afford a cup exit tonight.
Although the Magpies do not generally prioritise the cup competitions, with the pressure building on the squad, another blow will knock their already dented confidence and it means that this game is set to be very important for the direction that their season goes.
A win will give a much needed boost, but the atmosphere around St. James' Park threatens to become toxic if they are defeated by Neil Warnock's side.
Newcastle are likely to need to show little signs of nerves if they are to pick up the victory.
Looking at the two club's stats from over the season so far, an expected pattern for the game can be clearly picked up.
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Palace have formed their success on their ability to defend, a mentality given to them by Tony Pulis when he was in charge, and they place little precedence on keeping the ball.
Newcastle, however, have proven to be good at retaining possession, but have rarely made an impact.
They will be needing to tonight, though, if they are to progress and they will also need to turn their shots into goals.
Palace have had 24 fewer attempts than Newcastle so far this season, but have still managed to score three more times than their opponents and that is an area of concern for Pardew.
The Newcastle boss was known to be targeting a striker and he will be very envious of the clinical forwards that the Eagles have at their disposal.
The likes of Frazier Campbell and Dwight Gayle are likely to be able to capitalise on any mistakes that Newcastle's back line make and their predatory instincts are clearly displayed by Palace's goal return from the amount of overall shots they have had.