Luka Milivojevic plays in midfield for Crystal Palace and is an international team-mate of Fulham and Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic.
When the two teams met in October, including Milivojevic who played the full 90 minutes, it was Newcastle who came out on top, though it took a late goal from sub Mikel Merino (see above) to win it.
That was the ninth game of the season and Newcastle were looking good with 14 points, comfortably in the top half of the table.
Palace had arrived at St James Park with a record of seven straight defeats and then a win against Chelsea, so only three points from the opening 27 and looking doomed.
Newcastle followed that win over Palace with a horrendous run of their own, only one point in nine PL games.
In fact, in the last 16 games that followed the St James Park contest, Palace have picked up 23 and Newcastle only 10, meaning Roy Hodgson’s team go into Sunday one position and two points above Newcastle.
Luka Milivojevic says that Palace fans ‘will expect to take three points from this game for sure.’
It is a game where a win for the home side would see them put a little daylight between themselves and many of those at the bottom, 14th and 19th place are only separated by one point.
Midweek saw Palace lead and eventually draw 1-1, the same as Newcastle.
Whilst Rafa watched Joselu have his tame penalty saved, Mark Noble scored his for West Ham to prevent Palace climbing higher.
Luka Milivojevic says that can look a decent point for Palace if they beat Newcastle and no doubt Rafa Benitez will be trying to tell his players the same.
You would take a point but Newcastle surely have to go for a win with Man Utd at home next, then Bournemouth and Liverpool away.
Luka Milivojevic speaking to the South London Press:
“We spoke in the dressing room and felt that during the [West Ham 1 Crystal Palace 1] game maybe we should win it but we have to respect the point.
“The first half was maybe better [entertainment] for the supporters but in the second half neither team had many chances.
“Both teams deserved a point.
“We will see after Newcastle, if we take three points from that game then this point will be massive.
“With Sako on the field we looked so dangerous but again we picked up an injury, which is crazy for us.
“It’s good to have Cabaye back.
“The fans will expect to take three points from this game for sure.
“It will not be easy [though].
“We have some time to think and prepare for this game and we will do everything we can to take three points.”