It is no secret that the Eagles have saved their best form away from Selhurst Park and after the disappointing midweek performance in North London, there is expectation of a reaction at Newcastle.
This is the longest trip of the season as Palace take on the Magpies at St James’ Park against a side who have themselves found some home form, since the start of the year. In fact, there is not much between the two sides in the form table with the hosts just edging it having taken seven points from the last six games compared with Palace’s six.
Roy Hodgson will be disapointed with the manner of defeat against Spurs even though he did not reveal the same to the press after the game. A few changes to starting line up are expected with perhaps a return for Andros Townsend at his previous club.
Neither team are definately safe but one more win may end any threat for certain, not taking into account results anywhere else across the weekend. Here’s hoping it is more entertaining than the drab affair at Selhurst earlier in the season.
TEAM NEWS (courtesy of Physio Room)
CRYSTAL PALACE – Mamadou Sakho remains the only injury concern for Roy Hodgson and is unlikely to feature again this season.
NEWCASTLE UNITED – Robert Elliot and Sean Longstaff both miss out while Fabian Schar and Isaac Hayden are doubts.
The last time these two sides met was at Selhurst Park in September which was a match up that qualified for minimal highlights on Match of the Day . The Eagles had the majority of possession and chances but failed to convert to take all three points which has been the story of the season at home.
Who Scored man of the match – Luka Milivojevic (8.3)
Last FIVE meetings between the two sides;
- 22/09/2018 Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcastle United
- 04/02/2018 Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle United
- 21/10/2017 Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 30/04/2017 Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace
- 28/11/2015 Crystal Palace 5-1 Newcastle United
Last FIVE results for Palace;
- 03/04/2019 Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Crystal Palace
- 30/03/2019 Crystal Palace 2-0 Huddersfield Town
- 16/03/2019 Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace
- 09/03/2019 Crystal Palace 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
- 02/03/2019 Burnley 1-3 Crystal Palace
Last FIVE results for Newcastle;
- 01/04/2019 Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle United
- 16/03/2019 Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle United
- 09/03/2019 Newcastle United 3-2 Everton
- 02/03/2019 West Ham United 2-0 Newcastle United
- 26/02/2019 Newcastle United 2-0 Burnley
THE RECORD AGAINST NEWCASTLE
- Played 42
- Won 9
- Drawn 8
- Lost 25
FORM PLAYERS (courtesy of Who Scored)
Top two rated players from each team so far this season;
- Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7.25
- Luka Milivojevic 7.13
- Salomon Rondon 6.98
- Isaac Hayden 6.91
ONE TO WATCH
Former clubs – Cerro Porteno, Lanus, Atlanta United
The Paraguayan striker arrived at St James’ Park as the club record signing believed to be in the region of £21million from Major League Soccer in the US after starring for Atlanta United for a couple of seasons. In that time he made over 60 appearances and scored over 20 goals. He made his professional career at Paraguay outfit Cerro Porteno in 2013 before moving to Argentinian side Lanus in 2015. The 25-year-old has already impressed Newcastle fans in his short time at the club by giving them options in attack which they so desparately needed. To date, Almiron has 14 international caps but yet to score his first goal for Paraguay.
The hosts will not consider themselves safe just yet even though they are seven points above the relegation zone with six games left to play so the points are important for this match up. Palace must improve on their poor away showing at Spurs in midweek while Newcastle were also in North London succumbing to defeat. There is doubt the hosts will be slight favourites in the betting but their will not be much between them on the pitch. TEB are going for a share of the points.
- TEB prediction – draw
- Jake Jackman prediction (see link below) – home win
- Who Scored prediction – home win
BETTING ODDS (courtesy of Paddy Power)
- Home – 7/5
- Draw – 21/10
- Away – 15/8
- Both teams to score – 17/20