Rafa Will Face The Questions Today

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Crystal Palace - who are just one position and one point better off in the Premier League table than 13th-placed Newcastle - are the visitors to the North East, and a victory for either side should all-but secure their Premier League status for another season.

Rafa Benitez holds his pre-match press conference this afternoon ahead of the game, amid reports claiming the Spaniard has been touting himself around for potential managerial vacancies in France .

Clearly Benitez's Magpies future will be on the agenda once again, but so too will be the fitness of some of Newcastle's key players.

 

Benitez will be asked about odd claim he's enlisted an agency to find him a job in France.

While United were expected to lose at the Emirates, it was the manner of their defeat which proved so difficult for supporters to take.

The Magpies managed just three shots on goal - one of which was straight from a kick-off - and were extremely poor in possession.

Having had a few days to reflect upon the defeat, was Benitez disappointed by how Newcastle performed at Arsenal? And, in hindsight, does he think he took the wrong approach against the Gunners, seeing as the Magpies were so limp in attack?

Personally I thought it was always going to be three points for the home side. We have nowhere near as good a squad as the Gunners.

Was it a poor performance? Really?

It was a game best done and dusted ... then we move on.