Newcastle pair Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron could be fit to return after missing last week’s defeat at Burnley.
Allan Saint-Maximin, Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie and Ki Sung-Yeung are all still absent.
Crystal Palace’s defensive injury crisis could deepen, with Jairo Riedewald suffering from a hip problem.
Gary Cahill, Jeffrey Schlupp, Patrick van Aanholt and Joel Ward are all out injured, while Mamadou Sakho is serving the final game of a three-game ban.
Ex-Newcastle loanee Andros Townsend is also out for the Eagles.
Martin Fisher: If it’s a pre-Christmas goal feast you’re looking for then you might want to give this one a miss – just five scored in the last five meetings, and two of those were penalties!
This season, only Watford have scored fewer than Newcastle and Palace but the latter two sides have fared much better in other aspects of the game. meaning both are well clear of the relegation picture.
A win could potentially lift Roy Hodgson’s men as high as sixth, while even the biggest doubter of Steve Bruce should note that Newcastle are six points better off than at the same stage last season under the much revered Rafa Benitez.
Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce: “It’s always important that your home form stacks up and we haven’t lost since the first game of the season. We’ve given ourselves a good opportunity going into the Christmas period.
“I’ve got wonderful respect for Roy Hodgson. He’s been there, done it and still has that same enthusiasm and drive. If you’ve still got it at that age, why not use it? Year in, year out he does fantastically well and that’s why he’s still going.”
Newcastle’s home form remains a real strength – they have only lost one league game at St James’ Park all season.