Premier League Preview – Newcastle United
A disappointing performance on Monday night saw Sunderland smash and grab a single goal win after a calamitous piece of defending by the usually reliable Scott Dann invited Jermain Defoe to round Wayne Hennessey.
Alan Pardew will have only had five days to prepare and refocus his players ahead of the visit of his former employers Newcastle United to Selhurst Park. Meanwhile, Steve Mclaren is under severe pressure at St. James’ Park with poor form seeing Newcastle languishing in seventeenth place having won just two games so far this season.
The Eagles must be looking to improve their home form in order to reach their goal of a possible Europa League place come May. Newcastle will be looking to finally get their season underway after suffering defeat to local rivals Sunderland and losing a two goal lead in consecutive games against Chelsea and West Ham United.
Crystal Palace – Bakary Sako was substituted even though he had already replaced Jason Puncheon at the break on Monday night. The Malian winger aggravated a hamstring injury and is doubtful. Dwight Gayle’s fitness is also questionable and is also unlikely to play any part.
Newcastle United – Steve McLaren has a long list of injury problems with midfielders Tiote and Colback definitely side lined. Aarons and Riviere will not make the trip as well as long term absentee Krul.
Palace and Newcastle played out two draws last season, a thrilling six goal encounter at the very start of last season when Alan Pardew was still in charge on Tyneside. Palace took the lead twice through Dwight Gayle and Jason Puncheon but the Magpies fought back to take a late 3-2 lead only to see a returning Wilfried Zaha net an equaliser at the death.
The next time the two sides met, Pardew’s former assistant John Carver saw his side draw 1-1 at Selhurst Park against his former boss. Papiss Cisse scored just before the break which was cancelled out by Frazier Campbell late on in the second half after seeing an earlier goal ruled out for offside.
One to Watch
The Dutchman has been an inspiration in what has been a very lacklustre Newcastle United so far this season. With six goals to his name so far this term, he appears to have been one of the best pieces of business in the summer transfer window. The versatile midfielder has the ability to be dangerous from set pieces and long range and will be one that the Palace defence will have to keep an eye on.
Final league position – 14th
Steve McLaren has not been the same since his disastrous reign as England boss although he was able to win a title in Holland. He has still yet to prove himself properly in the Premier League and will have a huge task ahead of him if he is to reach the heights that both the club and the expectant fan base are hoping for. What is a season of transition on Tyneside, there will not be much in the way of anything exciting from Newcastle other than survival.
- TEB prediction – home win
- Jake Jackman (see link below) prediction – home win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
Betting Odds (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home 3/4
- Draw 13/5
- Away 4/1