It has been an excellent run of form for Newcastle following the World Cup, and they will be looking to strengthen their position in the Champions League places with a second straight win this weekend. Meanwhile, the Eagles will be hoping for maximum points to edge closer to the top half.
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Newcastle has put themselves into an excellent position to finish in a Champions League spot this term, as the Magpies sit third at the half-way stage. They have also extended their advantage over fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur in recent weeks to five points following a run of four victories in six games. Newcastle’s defence is the strongest in the league, as they have allowed just eleven.
Eddie Howe has done a wonderful job at the club since arriving just over a year ago, and few could have foreseen them sitting this close to the top of the standings. Newcastle needed to ride their luck in their previous league fixture against Fulham, but a 1-0 win put them back up to third in the standings. The only goal in the win was scored by Alexander Isak.
Crystal Palace will still likely have one eye on what’s going on behind them in the standings, as they have lost four of their six games that they have played in the Premier League. Their advantage over the bottom three remains a solid enough one, but a run of defeats could quickly see them getting back sucked in.
Palace will likely instead be targeted a top half finish this season. However, their chances of achieving that feat look unlikely, given Chelsea and Liverpool currently sit in tenth and ninth, respectively.
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle Head to Head
Two of the previous three meetings between these sides have ended in draws. That includes a 0-0 draw from earlier this season when the teams met at St James’ Park. Newcastle claimed victory in the only other meeting between the sides during that period, while the Magpies also claimed a 3-2 win earlier in the season in the EFL Cup.
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle Prediction
Newcastle’s defensive record once again looks key for this fixture in the Premier League on Saturday. They have been excellent at the back throughout the season, and we could see them edging to a second straight 1-0 win in the league this weekend.
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