Even though Martin Dubravka is now on board it would be a surprise if Rafa Benitez doesn’t play Karl Darlow in goal at Crystal Palace on Sunday afternoon.
Dubravka will need a little time to settle in at Newcastle so maybe his debut will come in the next game against to Manchester United at home the following Sunday.
But if Darlow plays well on Sunday he could even keep his place – it will depend on how Dubravka performs in training.
On the other hand, we expect Isalm Slimani to come in to lead the line as soon as he is fit.
Karl Darlow – we need to be more clinical
We haven’t won at home since we tore Crystal Palace apart 1-0 on October 21st, and if we are to survive we have to somehow start picking up 3 points at home against the lower half teams.
The next game against the Red Devils would be a good time to start.
Karl Darlow doesn’t know why we cannot win at home, other than we just don’t take our chances – much like last season:
“No idea to be honest why we’re struggling at St James’ Park. We’ve had some good performances at home, we just need to finish teams off.”
“We’ve been in games where they’ve been tight, one goal wins it, and we just haven’t scored the first one, or score the killer goal to finish teams off.”
“I think we need to be more clinical and carry on like we did against Burnley, then we’ll be more than OK.”
“It was just one of those things (own goal). It’s bad luck really,”
“The lads headed it from five or six yards out, then after the initial header I’ve flicked it on to the bar, it’s hit the crossbar, come straight back down, hit the back of my head and gone in.”
“It’s small margins but it’s unfortunate that we couldn’t get two or three ahead in the first half, and then that might have given us more chances in the second.”
“It was a frustrating draw.”
“We go there (Crystal Palace) with confidence.”
“We know that we’re on a half-decent run in the Premier League, we’ve picked up points here and there, and we know we need to go there and give a good account of ourselves.”
“Just like we did at Stoke away.”
“If we can come away with another three points from another team who are fighting with us, that’ll be huge.”
In the initial voting, fans seem confident we can get all 3 points at Palace and do the double over the London club this season.
Let’s hope they are right – we need a win.