Newcastle v Crystal Palace Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 06/04/19
Ben Swain (@Swaaainn) previews Newcastle United v Crystal Palace and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s Premier League battle for safety, by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 06/04/19
- Time: 15:00
- Venue: St James’ Park
- Channel: N/A
It’s 14th vs 13th when Newcastle host Crystal Palace and this one couldn’t be much tighter.
Newcastle (8/5) are narrowly favourites as the home side generally are, where as Crystal Palace are priced at 36/17, with the draw worth 23/10.
The two sides share similar form too. Two victories apiece in their last five outings, Palace have one extra defeat.
Their victories came against Burnley and Huddersfield and their three defeats against Man United, Brighton and lastly Tottenham.
The two sides’ goal difference isn’t all that dissimilar either. Palace have conceded just a single goal more than Newcastle, have scored seven more in the process, but the latter have recently opted for a change in style and with it has come a change in fortune in front of goal.
Newcastle again failed to score in their recent match, a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal, meaning they stay the fourth lowest scoring side in the Premier League, but bearing in mind the Gunners have the fourth best defence in the league, it’s fair to give Newcastle the benefit of the doubt in this one.
In fact, of their 31 goals in 32 premier league matches, nine have come in their last six, including three in the come-back victory against Everton and two in a draw against Bournemouth.
Despite the apparent tight affair, however, as previously mentioned, there has only been a single draw accumulated from both sides together in the last five matches, and with goals aplenty in two neither in form or out of form sides, it’s tough to pick a winner.
Isaac Hayden is doubtful for this trip.
Fabian Schar returns from suspension but will still be assessed for his fitness.
The only certain absentees for the hosts are Sean Longstaff and Rob Elliot.
Mamadou Sakho is Palace’s only unavailable player, due to injury.
Newcastle Starting XI: Dubravka, Ritchie, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Yedlin, Diame, Ki, Almiron, Perez, Rondon
Crystal Palace Starting XI: Guaita, van Aanholt, Dann, Tomkins, Wan-Bissaka, Schlupp, Milivojevic, McArthur, Zaha, Batshuayi, TownsenD
Head To Head
- Palace have only won once against Newcastle, in 11 meetings.
Key Stats & Facts
- Just one clean-sheet apiece in their last five matches.
- These two sides are looking for a single victory to all but ensure their league safety, which may become a vital aspect in the latter stages of this match, holding onto a lead.
- Newcastle 8/5
- Draw 23/10
- Palace 36/17
Despite the apparent tight affair, however, as previously mentioned, there has only been a single draw accumulated from both sides together in the last five matches, and with goals aplenty, it’s tough to pick a winner.
Newcastle have certainly picked up since the acquisition of Almiron and his role is even more precedent when you analyse the change in formation for his involvement in the starting line-up. A change to a back 5 to accommodate Almiron, Perez and Rondon close together shows Benitez’s strong idea for his front three and breeds confidence for me.
The change of system has proved worthy with the goals Newcastle have scored and I’m backing more of the same here.