Tip Newcastle – Crystal Palace
Newcastle entertains Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park in this Premiership encounter. The home team are currently in 14th position with 37 points while the visitors are in 13th position also with 37 points but have played a match less and have a better goal difference. Newcastle have bounced back with two successive wins in their last two matches after going through a losing streak of three defeats in a row. Those three defeats are Newcastle’s only losses in their last 15 league matches. It has been a remarkable turnaround for Newcastle as they were bottom of the table for a huge part of the season but now are just three points from the top half of the table. Newcastle have lost three of their last six matches against Crystal Palace which is the same number of losses they suffered in the previous 24 matches against them.
Crystal Palace were knocked out of the FA Cup in their last match after they were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea in the semi-final. It was their second successive loss after they lost in midweek against Leicester City in the league. They were on a five match unbeaten run in the league until their loss to Leicester, which also ended a six match unbeaten run away from home across all competitions. Crystal Palace won this exact fixture 2-1 last season and have never won successive away matches to Newcastle. They are looking to avoid successive league losses for the first time since December 2021 when they lost three in a row. The home team has failed to win in the last three matches between these sides.
Key points Newcastle – Crystal Palace
Three of Newcastle’s last five matches have produced under 2.5 goals.
They have won their last five home league matches.
Newcastle have kept clean sheets in two of their last four home matches.
In three of Crystal Palace’s last five matches there have been under 2.5 goals.
Only once in their last six away matches has Palace conceded more than one goal.
ConclusionNEWCASTLE – CRYSTAL PALACE
Newcastle have an excellent home record and are six matches unbeaten in the league while Palace have lost their last two away matches. The home team will urgently want to improve their record against London clubs as they have only won one of their last 12 home matches against such clubs. A Newcastle win will see them leapfrog Palace into a possible top half of the league position. We are backing Newcastle to win or draw this match.