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Newcastle v Crystal Palace: match preview

Will Andros Townsend start for Crystal Palace against his old club? Might Rafael Benítez’s long standing desire to bring Townsend back to Tyneside form part of on-going discussions with Mike Ashley about extending a managerial contract which expires next month? If Newcastle win they would be effectively safe and the owner will want to know whether Benitez is staying or going. Ideally, he hopes to remain but requires quite a few assurances first. Should Miguel Almirón - still seeking his first Newcastle goal - and friends do their stuff on the pitch, an intense behind the scenes drama will start unfolding. Louise Taylor

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