In the first of this weekend’s Super Sunday games, Crystal Palace host Newcastle United at Selhurst Park.
With the relegation battle so tight between West Bromwich Albion in 20th up to Watford in 11th, this match is a six pointer as both teams look for three points as they fight to avoid the drop.
Crystal Palace come into this game having lost their top scorer, Bakary Sako for rest of season with a fractured ankle.
The Malian international joins; Jeffrey Schlupp (knee), Scott Dann (knee), Jason Puncheon (knee), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (ankle) and Connor Wickham (knee) on sidelines.
He is set to be replaced by former Newcastle player, Yohan Cabaye in the starting lineup.
New signing Alexander Sorloth is also in the squad for this game.
Newcastle are going to assess new loan signing, Islam Slimani and his thigh problem before naming him in the squad.
Goalkeepers, Martin Dubravka and Rob Eliot are available for selection.
Florian Lejeune (foot) and Jesus Gamez (malleolar) again miss out.
Both teams managed midweek draws against West Ham and Burnley respectively.
Crystal Palace have been in fine form since returning from November’s international break, taking 22 points from a possible 42.
Their only losses in that period came against Arsenal (home and away).
Since beating the Hammers at London Stadium just before Xmas, Newcastle have taken six points from six league games.
- Both teams have scored 28 goals in all competitions this season.
- Crystal Palace are unbeaten in their last two home Premier League games against Newcastle, having lost the first four meetings at Selhurst Park.
- In their three meetings with those promoted from last season’s Sky Bet Championship, Palace are yet to score.
- Roy Hodgson has just one win from six meetings with Rafa Benitez, losing three and drawing two.
Where the game will be won and lost
|Per game average||Crystal Palace (home)||Newcastle United (away)|
|Shots on Target||4.42||4.58|
On paper, Crystal Palace will win this with their marginally better shot making and have more corners.
Newcastle however are stronger disciplined with one less yellow card on the road than Palace average at home. Their fouls average is also a whole number lower than the home side.
Although the Magpies have more shots on target, they are more wasteful in having not found goal with 3.58 of their average attempts at scoring.
Either way, there is little to split both teams here.
Based on all the above information and my instinct, I feel that this will be a drab draw here.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcastle United
Jake predicts: Crystal Palace 2-0 Newcastle United
Result: Crystal Palace 1-1 Newcastle United