Michael Owen has released his prediction ahead of Saturday’s game at St James’ Park, backing the match to end all square at 1-1.
One alarming statistic revealed by the former NUFC striker is the fact we’ve failed to have a single shot on target in THREE games this season, with us doing so in that dismal 1-0 defeat at Burnley last weekend.
He’s expecting us to find the net against a injury-riddled Palace side this weekend, but believes their impressive form on the road will see them come away with a point.
Here’s what he’s had to say during his latest piece for Bet Victor:
‘Both sides are struggling for goals and Newcastle failed to have a shot on target for the third time this season at Turf Moor last weekend.
‘The Magpies are a different proposition at St James’ Park, however, although I think they may have to settle for a point against a Palace side who are, arguably, better away from home and came from behind to get a point at home to Brighton on Monday.’
Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Crystal Palace
I don’t think many would take a point heading into this one, however his pre-match assessment is pretty hard to disagree with here.
If we had Saint-Maximin fit I’d be hopeful we could make the most of their injuries at the back – with Ward, Cahill, Sakho and Van Anholt all out – but we’ll be light on creativity at the other end if Almiron and Shelvey miss out again.
Hopefully we can dig in and show that fighting spirit that got us big wins against Bournemouth and Southampton at St James’ Park, however I wouldn’t be surprised if this one does end all square.
How do you see things panning out when Palace come to town on Saturday?