The Eagles have been steadily slipping down the table and need some positive results in their next few fixtures with bottom-half outfits Newcastle, Brighton, Watford and Bournemouth to ensure they steer clear of danger.
They’re now winless in eight across all competitions, losing their last three to Southampton, Sheffield Utd and Everton, with a chronic lack of goals their main Achilles heel.
Newcastle aren’t much better in that regard. Only Palace have scored fewer goals this term, and excluding FA Cup encounters with Rochdale and Oxford, the Magpies have managed just one victory in eight outings (W1-D3-L4).
£40m summer signing Joelinton has managed one Premier League goal this season, fellow strikers Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto all have injury problems at the moment, while their most creative midfielder and top scorer this term (Jonjo Shelvey) is also a major doubt.
Under 1.5 Goals
Newcastle’s large price can be explained by the fact that they’re far better at St. James’ Park, where they’ve lost three of 13 matches, compared to eight of 13 on their travels.
However, the only teams to put more than two past them on the road have been Liverpool, Leicester, Norwich, Man Utd and Arsenal. The first three of those came in their opening four away days this season, so this should be a low-scoring affair and one goal may well be enough for either team.
Recent head-to-heads would affirm this as the last six since 2016 have all seen fewer than three goals.
A 1-1 stalemate in 2018 was the sole occasion where more than a single goal was netted, with the three meetings since the start of last season yielding a goalless draw and 1-0 wins apiece. No player for either team is shorter than 2/1 to score, and this could be quite a dull affair.
First Half Draw
With little prospect of entertainment, we wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the sides level at the break following a cagey opening period.
Newcastle have gone in all square at half time in four of their last five league games, as has been the case in nine of the Eagles’ 13 home matches this term as Norwich were the only side to concede in the opening 45 at Selhurst Park.
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