Palace will take on Newcastle away from home at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Townsend joined the Magpies from Tottenham Hotspur in the January 2016 and left for Palace in the summer of 2016 following their relegation to the Championship.
The 26-year-old England international has admitted that he is not excepting a great reception at St. James’ Park, and judging by some of the comments from Newcastle fans on social networking site Twitter, he has the right idea.
"I'm not sure I'll get a good reception but I had a fantastic time there,” Townsend told The Belfast Telegraph.
"Unfortunately it didn't end well but I thoroughly enjoyed my time there with the fans and I'm looking forward to going there and see a few familiar faces. I'll enjoy it.”
He did a lot more in those 13 games than most had all season— Moggy (@moggy45) October 20, 2017
Is he a southerner . Makes all the difference you know— the realist (@howay51) October 20, 2017
Hopefully a good reception then booed every time he touches the ball, ha ha remember Sir Les’ return ?— Gus (@Gustoon) October 20, 2017
He was ok .Hope he does not get a goal 2moro .— Alan Coates (@AlanCoates7) October 20, 2017
Townsend has no back bone.— thereal andrew young (@temperamentalan) October 20, 2017
I think Townsend still has a hint of regret leaving— Frankie (@franktastic9) October 20, 2017
Few boos tomorrow will make him welcome lol— Frankie (@franktastic9) October 20, 2017
Townsend went. Rafa stayed. We’ll always remember that.— Dave Not In Space (@DaveNotInSpace) October 20, 2017
Townsend is a good winger and did relatively well for Newcastle during the short spell he was at St. James’ Park.
However, one could understand his decision to leave the Magpies at the time. Newcastle had just been relegated, and it is not very tempting to play in the Championship even for a season.