101 Great Goals prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Crystal Palace
Both Newcastle and Crystal Palace will arrive at St James’ Park on Saturday in joyous spirits.
Newcastle fans are starting to believe that the Mike Ashley days are coming to an end. That’s after reports of a possible takeover have gathered apace in the last few days.
Palace fans, meanwhile, are still on cloud nine after last weekend’s win over Chelsea.
The Eagles may still be without a striker, but Wilfried Zaha’s return has injected new belief in Roy Hodgson’s side.
Newcastle v Crystal Palace betting tips
The draw is a value bet at 5/2, while Crystal Palace optimists can back an away win at 14/5.
Wilfried Zaha is a tasty 10/1 to get the first goal at St James’ Park.
Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles is 15/2 to carry on his recent scoring trend anytime in the match.
Newcastle v Crystal Palace: Premier League preview
Last weekend Newcastle played out a 2-2 draw away at Southampton.
Newcastle twice took the lead through Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez, before the Saints were rescued by two goals from Manolo Gabbiadini.
Interestingly, Newcastle deployed a 4-4-2 formation on the south coast. Will Perez and Joselu start in tandem against the Eagles too?
Matt Ritchie (4 assists) and Jonjo Shelvey will both offer creativity in midfield, while Lascelles has starred at centre-half.
But Newcastle will have to work hard down to the flanks to counter the Palace attack.
Zaha and Andros Townsend were both superb in the Chelsea win, and they’ll be Palace’s most potent and pacy players on Saturday once again.
Hodgson, though, is likely to be pragmatic against the Magpies. The defensive display against Chelsea provided a foundation which Palace will look to build on.
You’d suspect Hodgson would happily take a point before kick-off.
Newcastle team news v Crystal Palace: Healthy Magpies
Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara are both long term absentees.
Former Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle should again be in the matchday squad after a calf injury.
Crystal Palace team news v Newcastle: No Benteke
Palace are still without a recognised striker.
Christian Benteke is still a few weeks from returning, while Connor Wickham is a long term injury concern.
Wayne Hennessey is back in contention for the Toon game. Whether he can dislodge Julian Speroni is up for debate.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek is available after missing the Chelsea game.