Crystal Palace v Newcastle Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 01, 2018
Selhurst Park - Premier League
Crystal Palace face Newcastle in the Premier League this weekend, with neither side in particularly inspiring form. The Eagles and the Magpies both succumbed to 1-1 draws in their last matches, and will be hoping to improve on that this weekend.
Newcastle have had the beating of Palace over the last few years, aside from a 5-1 thrashing by the Eagles, the past six matches have run out to a Magpie win or a draw. The most recent fixture, back in October, saw Newcastle win by 1 goal to nil, thanks to a 86th minute strike from new-boy Mikel Merino.
Bakary Sako's injury against West Ham in the week has added yet another player to Crystal Palace's list of out-of-action attacking players, with Jason Puncheon, Ruben Loftus Cheak and Connor Wickham all suffering from serious problems. The return of Mamadou Sako will be a boost to Roy Hodgson though, especially with Scott Dann still out of action.
Rafael Benitez has been bemoaning his lack of squad depth all season, and has got his wish with a number of reinforcements this winter. Chelsea loanee Kenedy starred in the last game, and Islam Slimani may well push for a start after Joselu saw his penalty saved. With Jesus Gamez the only absentee due to injury, the manager has a wide squad at his disposal.
Crystal Palace Previews and Predictions
Crystal Palace's last game, against West Ham, would have been bitterly disappointing to Roy Hodgson. Having taken the lead through Christian Benteke, James Tompkins pulled down Javier Hernandes to allow their opponents to equalise.
Palace's lack of clinical finishing has seen them struggle in recent weeks, and was very much evident against the Hammers. Having shown how useful he can be, Benteke was wasteful for much of the game, and, despite providing assists in each of his last three games, the big Belgian needs to do far more if he is to lead the line of a Premier League side. Likewise, Wilfred Zaha, fielded as a striker midweek, needs to add more goals to his game in order to fulfil his potential.
Given Burnley's impressive league standing, Newcastle's result was more positive, especially given their poor luck of a missed penalty and an own goal in the 85th minute. Although it will have been disappointing not to take three points, Benitez will have been impressed with his side's performance, and delighted with how well Kenedy has fit into his side.
The Brazilian has provided something that the Magpies have been sorely lacking this season, a creative spark. Having played as a left-wing-back for his past two seasons, Kenedy will enjoy the license to attack without having to keep his mind on tracking back, and is 7/1 to score anytime.
Newcastle's freshly reinforced side should provide stiff competition for Palace on Sunday, who will need their key players to turn up if they are to get a result.
Christian Benteke to score anytime at 21/10
The Beligian tends to score in bursts and having done so on Wednesday, may well replicate this weekend.
Zaha to score and Palace to win at 6/1
It seems that when Zaha plays well his team does too, and they will need him to step up.