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

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Premier League Newcastle United v Crystal Palace

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Saturday, December 21, 2019


St James’ Park

Punter's Pick

On paper this is a tough game to pick as both sides can be inconsistent as well as brilliant on their day. The bookies think it will be a low scoring game so there is little value in backing this outright. Instead we are looking to back both teams to score which has been generously priced at evens with Bet365. Historically it has also been a game with a high corner count and we are also backing over ten at evens with the same bookmaker.

Newcastle United welcome Crystal Palace to St James’ Park in a game between two mid-table sides looking to kick on and get to the 40 point mark as soon as possible. They are separated by a solitary point and a win here will help each maintain a push for a potential European place.

Newcastle come into this game in good form having taken seven points from their last four games. An impressive showing against champions Manchester City was the catalyst as they rescued a point late on courtesy of a Jonjo Shelvery strike. The game highlighted the resilience of Steve Bruce’s men and they took that forward by securing a 2-0 away win against high-flying Sheffield United followed by a 2-1 home win against lowly Southampton. However the run was halted when they lost 1-0 to Burnley last time out courtesy of a Chris Wood strike and they will be keen to get back to winning ways at home. The form of Jonjo Shelvey has been one of the main driving forces for the Magpie’s as he has rattled in three goals in four games and has been influential in dictating play. He will need to be at his best again if Newcastle are to grab the points in this one.

Crystal Palace have been blighted by inconsistency despite playing some good football and having players who can be match winners on their day. Despite this, the Eagles are in good form of late having not lost in their last four matches. Back to back wins against Burnley and Bournemouth were followed up by consecutive draws against Watford and Brighton. Although Roy Hodgson has been happy with their league position and his team are well on course to hit the 40 point mark this season, dropped points against the lower teams have hurt them in their quest to kick on and push for a European place. They needed a late goal from Wilfried Zaha last time out to ensure they got a point with Neal Maupay looking like he had given Brighton all three points. If Palace can be more ruthless against those lower in the league than them rather than just the big teams then they will be pushing for a top six finish.

In team news Newcastle will be without Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark causing Steve Bruce a headache in defence. DeAndre Yedlin is back with the team but this game may come too soon for him, so Javier Manquillo is likely to maintain his position at right-back. Talisman Jonjo Shelvey missed the last game through injury but is likely to slot back into midfield.

Crystal Palace have been hit with injuries and suspensions, all of which makes the starting 11 a difficult pick for Roy Hodgson. In defence, Joel Ward, Jeffrey Schlupp, Gary Cahill and Patrick van Aanholt are all out for the Eagles with Mamadou Sakho serving the third game of his three-match ban. Roy Hodgson may be forced to start with Christian Benteke up front and despite his reputation at the start of his career, the Belgian will need to add to his five goals in 66 games if he is to become an ever-present again.

In recent head to heads, these two have been closely matched and shared the spoils in the past two seasons. Both have a win apiece with two draws in their last four games although Crystal Palace did win this fixture away last season courtesy of a Luka Milivojevic penalty. Can the Eagles repeat the trick this time around?

Punter's Pick

On paper this is a tough game to pick as both sides can be inconsistent as well as brilliant on their day. The bookies think it will be a low scoring game so there is little value in backing this outright. Instead we are looking to back both teams to score which has been generously priced at evens with Bet365. Historically it has also been a game with a high corner count and we are also backing over ten at evens with the same bookmaker.

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