Crystal Palace vs Newcastle: Magpies to ruffle feathers of injury-hit Eagles
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle Match Preview and Predictions
Injury-hit Crystal Palace are back on home soil after picking up just one point from their short trips to Arsenal and West Ham.
The Eagles lost Bakary Sako for the rest of the season to an ankle injury during the 1-1 draw at the London Stadium and brought in Norway striker Alexander Sorloth from Midtjylland on transfer deadline day to plug the gap.
Newcastle were also busy on Wednesday as they completed the loan signings of Leicester striker Islam Slimani and Sparta Prague keeper Martin Dubravka in a bid to improve their record of just two wins in their last 16 games, which has left them a point off the bottom three and 9/4 to be relegated.
Mikel Merino scored the only goal when Newcastle beat Palace earlier in the season, their second successive 1-0 victory against the south Londoners ahead of Sunday's televised clash.
Just a couple of points off the top 10 after two defeats in their last 14, Palace are evens to avenge their defeat at St James' Park.
However, the first of our free football tips is for Newcastle to win at 3/1. The Magpies have won two of their last three away games and the form graphic shows they have created more chances than Palace recently, despite scoring fewer goals.
With Slimani bringing a new threat up front and Palace struggling with injuries, this could be the time for Newcastle to pounce.
Sako is out for the rest of the campaign, so Sorloth may make his debut if Roy Hodgson decides to play a 4-4-2 with Christian Benteke also up front.
Slimani is likely to make his Newcastle debut at Selhurst Park, but Aleksandar Mitrovic has joined Fulham on loan.
Crystal Palace have scored at least once in eight of their last nine matches and despite having the seventh best expected goals average in attack (1.50), their last four outings have been under 1.0, a possible result of their injury crisis.
Seven of those nine games have produced three goals or more so the next of our Crystal Palace vs Newcastle predictions is for the Magpies to win and over 2.5 goals at 11/2. Newcastle have scored two or more goals away from home three times this season and can take advantage of an opposition squad down to the bare bones.
The third of our free football tips is for Draw/Newcastle in the HT/FT market at 7/1. The Magpies' last five matches have been all square at the break, excluding their two clashes with leaders Manchester City, and their last four matches have produced more goals in the second half which is 11/10.
Betting tips and predictions
Newcastle to beat Crystal Palace @ 3/1
Newcastle to win and over 2.5 goals @ 11/2
Draw/Newcastle in the HT/FT market @ 7/1
More goals in the second half @ 11/10
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