Almost eight weeks in advance, Crystal Palace fans have all but sold out Selhurst Park for the visit of Newcastle United on Saturday 28 November.

The official Crystal Palace website says that ticket availability for the Newcastle game is ‘extremely limited’, advising supporters to get in quick to avoid disappointment.

By coincidence, Crystal Palace are home to Sunderland in the previous game, only a few days before Newcastle visit, but there are plenty of tickets remaining for that Palace v Sunderland encounter.

Tickets for Newcastle’s second reunion with Alan Pardew are only on sale to Palace members and are very unlikely to go on general sale, so any United fans exiled in the south will be disappointed if they were hoping to pick up a ticket by that route.

At the minute the two clubs are separated by 12 points and 16 positions in the Premier League table.

With only five matches in the interim it looks very unlikely Newcastle will overhaul Crystal Palace by the time of that match, though we live in hope that the gap will at least be closed.

There has been ‘healthy banter’ between the two sets of fans since Alan Pardew jumped ship, with Palace fans understandably believing they have got the better part of that deal.

Though the vast majority of Newcastle supporters still don’t regret his departure and still see him as being part of the problems that existed at St James Park.

However, it is fair to say that appointing a permanent replacement for Pardew appears to have done little either (so far) to get at the deep-rooted issues caused by Mike Ashley’s running of Newcastle United.