Crystal Palace v Newcastle United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Crystal Palace v Newcastle United

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Saturday, February 22, 2020


Selhurst Park

Punter's Pick

Crystal Palace welcome Newcastle United to Selhurst Park with both teams currently separated by a single point. Despite enjoying the comfort of their mid-table positions, both managers will still be nervous given their current form and know that if they don’t get to the magical 40 point mark they could get sucked back into a relegation battle. It will be interesting to see if either manager chooses to push for the win or setup not to lose.

Crystal Palace have been struggling of late and have not won a competitive game in 2020. Their winless run now stretches to eight games in all competitions with the Eagles losing their last three Premier League games on the bounce. This will disappoint Roy Hodgson as they managed back to back draws against Arsenal and Manchester City, putting in good performances that should have seen them go on a run. But two home defeats against Southampton and Sheffield United have seen their form slump and they were comfortably beaten 3-1 by Everton last time out. Much of this form could be down to the tactics deployed by Hodgson as the team are usually setup to make things difficult with an over-reliance on Wilfried Zaha to lead their counter-attacks. But this is clearly not working and in a game of this magnitude the manager may need to attack from the off and get his team further up the field. Certainly six points from the relegation zone is not a comfortable enough lead, with teams below them able to go on a run and bring Palace back into the relegation equation.

Newcastle come into this game on a similar winless run but have enjoyed four draws on the bounce before losing to Arsenal last time out. The team was comprehensively outplayed and went down 4-0 but have shown enough quality throughout the season to be safe this term. While Joelinton has struggled to assert himself, the form of Allan Saint-Maximin has been positive with the winger driving the team forward and creating chances. A spectacular solo goal against Oxford showed his potential and much of their attacking play is likely to come through him on Saturday. The Longstaff brothers have also combined well to provide some stability in midfield but Newcastle’s lack of goals remains a concern which in turn means they will continue to set up not to lose increasing the pressure on their defence.

In team news Crystal Palace will be sweating on the fitness of Jeffrey Schlupp who has been training with the team during their warm winter break. This game may come too soon for him but he will certainly be pushing to be part of the matchday squad. Palace will also be without Mamadou Sakho, Max Meyer and Patrick van Aanholt.

Newcastle have given 50/50 status to various first team players who have been missing through injury in recent times. Andy Carroll was expected to be fit against Arsenal but didn’t make the team so it remains to be seen if the big Geordie is available. Playmaker Jonjo Shelvey is also touch and go and hasn’t been pictured training with the squad so this game could come too early for him. Emil Krafth and Javier Manquillo are both out for this one.

With both these teams known more for their defensive prowess than attacking play and goals, it is difficult to see which one could go on and get the win. There has only been one game in their last six which featured two goals with most ending in 0-0 draws or 1-0 wins. This makes backing the under 2.5 goals market with Bet365 especially attractive and has been priced at 8/15. Bettors could look to go more aggressive with under 1.5 at enhanced odds of 13/8 and cashout should the game remain tight. This fixture has also been played in good spirit in recent years and backing under 3.5 cards at evens could provide further value.

Punter's Pick

Crystal Palace welcome Newcastle United to Selhurst Park with both teams currently separated by a single point. Despite enjoying the comfort of their mid-table positions, both managers will still be nervous given their current form and know that if they don’t get to the magical 40 point mark they could get sucked back into a relegation battle. It will be interesting to see if either manager chooses to push for the win or setup not to lose.

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