Crystal Palace will be at home this weekend as they take on the champions from a year ago, Leicester City.
Patrick van Aanholt could be available again for Palace having been missing due to an ankle injury.
Early goals from Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy in each half had taken Leicester close to a momentum-building victory as the champions prepare for Tuesday's visit of Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarterfinals.
'I wasn't playing anywhere near the standards expected of me and expected of a player who signed for £13million.
It was very hard to judge just who was telling the truth in January but there certainly had been talks of some kind regarding Townsend coming back to Newcastle, with then eventually any possibility put back to the summer.
"But I think we deserved more".
Palace have won five of their last six matches, recording famous victories over London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal.
The bottom line is though they have lost back-to-back games as opposition managers start to get a better handle on what Shakespeare's approach is all about and you can be sure Allardyce will not be found wanting when it comes to doing his homework to press home any advantage.
The Eagles could equal the club top-flight record of four home wins in a row, set in 1989 and equalled in December 1990.
West Ham, with 37 points, are virtually safe but Sunderland, with only two points from their last eight games, remain nine points short of safety with six games left.
Leicester's run of five successive league victories was ended by Everton last Sunday. In the same period, Crystal Palace have scored just one more headed goal in the league (17). Despite fielding the same starting XI for the games against Southampton and Arsenal, Allardyce has been handed a boost by being able to select Fraizer Campbell on the bench after his injury lay-off, while Martin Kelly makes his 100th Premier League appearance. "Having seen him work at close quarters, how diligent he is on the opposition it doesn't surprise me".
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