Newcastle United vs Crystal Palace: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Flash Watson

Friday, December 20, 2019 2:33 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 2:33 PM UTC

Magpies to take advantage of Palace injury woes.

<div><p style="text-align:center"><strong><font size="5">Newcastle United vs Crystal Palace</font></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Saturday 21<sup>st</sup>, Dec 2019 - 15:00 at St James’ Park</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Live Football Game Odds</strong></a></p><h2>Newcastle United</h2><p>Jonjo Shelvey has been a major plus to the Magpie’s starting line up in the last six weeks. Scoring goals is the biggest and most unexpected bonus for this normally goal-shy team.</p><p>Shelvey missed last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Burnley due to a calf strain but is wanting to be included this week back at St James’ Park.</p><p>Steve Bruce now has more options and competition for places in his squad. Newcastle now have a solid look to them at the back with whoever gets the starting nod.</p><p>Both the Longstaff brothers (Matty and Sean) are now back from injury to bolster a midfield that has been performing really well.</p><p>Christian Atsu with his pace can affect a game and the crowd in the positive, especially at home.</p><p>Andy Carroll started again last week but I would be very surprised if he was not used from the bench against Crystal Palace.</p><ul> <li>KEY Strengths: Fully fit Squad; solid platform; Jonjo Shelvey’s controlling of the game</li> <li>KEY Weakness: Being ruthless in front of goal. Letting tempo drop mid-game.</li></ul><p> </p><h2>Crystal Palace</h2><p>Injuries and suspensions are absolutely killing Crystal Palace’s momentum at present.</p><p>Roy Hodgson cannot put out his strongest side two games in a row.</p><p>Last Monday’s Premier League game at home to Brighton ended in a 1-1 draw but Palace were second best for the majority of that game.</p><p>Wilfred Zaha always brings a threat to opponents but is easier handled when other teammates are missing.</p><p>Christian Benteke has only one goal in 30 Premier League games but must not be ignored at set-pieces.</p><p>The defense looks disjointed and a distinctive lack of pace in central areas must encourage other teams to play in behind them with sharp strikers.</p><p>The midfield is organized but not blessed with mobility nor defense-splitting vision and execution.</p><p> </p><h2>Betting Analysis:</h2><p>This game is all about Newcastle going for the kill from the 1<sup>st</sup> whistle. Having Jonjo Shelvey back will enhance their chances of winning with the talented Londoner being able to pick out willing runners beyond the Palace defense.</p><p>It’s a very long trip from South London to Newcastle and if the Magpie’s start right the visitors may just start feeling sorry for themselves.</p><p>High tempo and positivity from the flair players will be enough as the more reliable citizens will control the game.</p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Football Tips: </strong>Newcastle win <strong><a href=";a=a710bfac-73c1-4a57-b441-2caf1b9f397b" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2.5 at William Hill</a></strong> – Newcastle -1.5 (AH) at <strong><a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5.5 at Unibet</a></strong></p></div>
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