Newcastle vs Crystal Palace by Luke
Newcastle didn't win in last three matches, but it could be said that the results weren't that bad and that the atmosphere didn't get much lowered since the defeat came away from home against Brighton, while they have now two consecutive draws, taking a point against Liverpool in front of own fans and a point away from home against Southampton last weekend in a 2:2 draw.
The Saints had much more of the ball possession, but the players of Newcastle were the ones who had the lead twice and maybe could feel bit more unhappy with a point shared. They took the lead in 20th minute via Hayden, Gabbiadini leveled up in 49th minute, but the guests took the lead again two minutes later via Perez. Hosts leveled up again in 75th minute from a penalty kick taken by Gabbiadini managing to take a point out of rare chances of theirs.
Joselu and Perez should lead the attack of Newcastle in 4-4-2 formation. Left backs Paul Dummett (1/0) and Massadio Haidara (no performance so far) are injured, while doutbful remains forward Dwight Gayle (7/0) due groin injury.
After a really poor start with seven consecutive defeats and without a single goal scored since the very start, players of Crystal Palace managed to get a 2:1 victory over Chelsea last weekend and surprised their fans in a positive way for the first time this season.
The Blues tried with more ball possession, but the hosts were dangerous on counter attacks, taking the lead via an own goal in eleventh minute, with the visitors leveling up several minutes later via Bakayoko. Zaha brought the hosts into the lead again in 45th minute, while the guests tried everything in second halftime, which was pretty much equal again with the hosts threatening as well. Crystal Palace is still at the rock bottom position with five less than safely placed Stoke City and remains in great need of points in every game.
Guests are set also to play in a version of 4-4-2 formation with Zaha and Townsend most likely as forwards. Striker Christian Benteke (6/0) is injured, same as midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (4/0) and long term sidelined offensive player Connor Wickham, who anyway didn't play so far. Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey should return into the action after missing out previous game.
- Newcastle have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 home matches against Crystal Palace.
Newcastle remains favorite in this one and surely are closer to obtain all three points, but now with Crystal Palace coming here finally with a boosted morale I can see this match actually getting more complicated for them that what the bookies think. Both teams to score will be my primary choice.