Today’s hosts celebrated a big 5-1 victory in the last home game against the popular “Magpies”, which is why their fans are hoping for a threesome now. Their favorites have played remotely on the last two matchdays, and following the expected defeat by Arsenal, they played 1-1 against another city rival, West Ham, last week, while scoring two wins against Southampton and at home against them Burnley.
These two wins led to the break-through to the safe zone, still only three points clear of the table-18. Southampton, so they can not relax later in the season. Recently, they were eliminated from the Brighton FA Cup. During the winter transfer season, they have signed on three young players, namely center-back Jach, midfielder Rakip and striker Sörloth. Defensive players Dann and Schlupp, midfielders Loftus-Cheek and Puncheon, as well as strikers Sako and Wickham continue to be injured.
Today’s visitors have scored two draws and two defeats before the duel at Selhurst Park, with one defeat in the FA Cup against Chelsea. On the other hand, they have scored in the championship Heimremis against Swansea and Burnley (1: 1), while they drew away against the leaders Manchester City a 1: 3 defeat, so they again only one point ahead of the teams from the Have relegation zone.
For this reason, this duel against the direct rival in the fight for survival is very important to them and therefore it is realistic to expect experienced coach Benitez to use a fairly defensive tactic. Otherwise, he decided during the transfer time even five players to borrow other clubs, while at the same time keeper Dubravko, defender Kenedy and striker Slimani were on loan. The slightly injured Slimani should miss this duel against Palace, as well as goalkeeper Elliot and defenders Mbemba, Lejeune and Gamez.
Crystal Palace – Newcastle TIP
So, this is a direct fight for survival, which is why both coaches are expected to use some more defensive game tactics to stay unbeaten in the first place, and accordingly, we expect a scoreless match at Selhurts Park.
Our Prediction: Under 2,5 goals @ 1.75