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Pundits Predict Outcome Of Newcastle vs Crystal Palace Game

BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson and Michael Owen for BetVictor have talked about the Newcastle game at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

With Cardiff City, Crystal Palace, and Brighton having all lost last night, it’s a great opportunity for Newcastle to snatch salvation and get all 3 points in front of a sell-out crowd on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

A win would likely be enough for safety with Cardiff already 7 points behind Newcastle (8 if you include goal difference) with just 6 games to play.

Mark Lawrenson – predicts Newcastle win

This is what Mark Lawrenson has said:

“Newcastle played OK in Monday’s defeat by Arsenal – looking fairly secure, but not exactly posing much of a threat.”

“It almost felt like they were trying to keep the score down, which isn’t unusual for manager Rafael Benitez.”

“I would expect the Magpies to be a bit more adventurous on Saturday, and I can see then edging this one.”

“But both of these teams are safe anyway. It would be a massive shock if either of them went down.”

Lawrenson’s prediction: 2-1

And here’s Michael Owen’s take on the game for BetVictor:

“Newcastle, as expected, were defeated in London on Monday as Arsenal proved too strong but back on home turf the Toon can get back to winning ways.”

“They are not totally safe from the drop but one more success should be sufficient.”

“With seven PL wins at St James Park, United are strong although ironically Palace have tasted more success on their travels than at home.”

“The Eagles were unable to prevent Spurs from crowning the opening of their new ground with victory on Wednesday evening where they also failed to score.”

“The clubs played out a goalless draw earlier in the season and I expect another low scoring and tight affair.”

Newcastle fans seem confident of a win – that would be great and mean we are very close to safety in the Premier League.

It would also be the 6th successive home win for the Magpies.

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27 comments so far

  • Jib

    Apr 4, 2019 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #1


  • Jib

    Apr 4, 2019 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Whoops !

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 4, 2019 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #3

    Lol Jib you’re not in all day and the first thing you do is break the blog….

    How do you say p!ss off back to the pool in Spanish?


  • Jib

    Apr 4, 2019 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Sunstroke is a terrible thing

  • Jib

    Apr 4, 2019 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #5

    I fell asleep on the balcony

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 4, 2019 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #6

    I don’t think Palace will be an easy game !

    Probably the most dangerous team we have played apart from City on this 5 game winning run!

    The pace they have is just frightening Schlupp , Townsend, Zaha, Batshuayi and Bissaka are rapid !! Also work pretty hard and have quality on the ball !

    Basically if we had those 5 in our team with our defensive structure and Rafa in charge we would be a danger to the top 6 No question!

  • Online Guy

    Apr 4, 2019 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #7

    You are the Ref

    A penalty is awarded to the home team

    The player runs up and puts the ball in the net off the keepers face then both posts and it trickles over the line . Do you …

    A, award the goal

    B, have the penalty re-taken.

    C, Dis-allow the goal and award a corner kick .

  • Online Guy

    Apr 4, 2019 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #8

    You are the Ref

    Newcastle Score what looks like a perfectly good goal but the oppositions captain protests and asks the ref to rule on the fact that the pitch is not straight .

    The captain brings on a long spirit level onto the halfway line and shows the ref that there’s a 25° slope towards the Gallowgate end . Do you ..

    A, Let the Goal stand .
    B, Disallow the Goal .
    C.Award a throw -in to the opposition from the halfway line on the opposite side of the pitch
    D, Cut the grass at half time at the Leazes end to level the pitch up.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 4, 2019 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #9

    …….in off the keepers face knocking him or her unconscious, then both posts and it trickles over the line, I assume.

    If the keeper in question is Jordan Pickford easy. Award the goal, and then promptly roll his prostrate body into the back off the old onion bag with the studs of your boot, and get on with the game. 🙂

  • Just a fan

    Apr 4, 2019 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #10

    With Pickford he just drops the ball into the net himself.
    Job done well done Jordan now go and punch someone .

  • lesh

    Apr 5, 2019 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #11


    @1….. You do realise that your link to the Grauniad’s Debenhams report’s dated 27 March and that things have moved on since that report?

    And,,, you fell asleep on the balcony? Was it that sunny in Cruddas Park today? There’s probably nothing better than tapas and a couple of litres of fine wine from a local Benwell bodega to pass the hours on your fantasy Spanish island.


  • lesh

    Apr 5, 2019 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #12


    In both of your ‘You’re The Ref’ scenarios, the ref’s decisions would go against NUFC. It’d take something like an opposition player committing mass murder before we got a decision in our favour.

    Come to think of it, Your The Ref used to be a regular feature in the Grauniad of a Saturday. Is the book still available?

    BBC4 TV’s showing the first part of ‘The History of Rock n Roll on Friday 12th – it could be interesting.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Apr 5, 2019 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Palace will not be easy, but we need to take the game to them.
    Of course bloody Zaha is the most threat, not from his goal scoring but from his diving when touched by a hair.

    Our players need to be aware of Zaha and his bullshit, but having said that I would still like him to sign for us.

  • NY Mag

    Apr 5, 2019 at 2:40 AM

    Comment #14


    I agree zaha is their biggest threat…but as for wanting him playing for us…..not for me

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 5, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    Comment #15

    And according to the shields gazette, Lyon’s manager is coming to us – funny how both managers have “enlisted the help of an agent” to get them both a new job isn’t it. https://tinyurl.com/yyxhyf3c

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Apr 5, 2019 at 4:54 AM

    Comment #16

    Micky, I can see the headlines now, Bruno Genesio signs on as Newcastle Manager.

    Mike Ashley gives new manager 100 million to take Newcastle to next level, would have given Rafa the same but couldn’t get Rafa to sign.

    PR firm takes two week vacation, that’s how he will spin it if true.

  • lesh

    Apr 5, 2019 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #17

    Dubai, Nostradamus

    What I find most disturbing about this report is Ashley’s total inability to deal with Rafa as both a colleague and a human being. It appears that Ashley cannot relate to anyone in a way that suggests he sees everything and everybody as a challenge that’s there to conquer.

    I’ve said before that the negotiating via the media we’ve seen is confrontational and Ashley could achieve more by sitting down with Rafa and talking with, not to, him with a view to achieving mutual understanding and a genuine willingness to work together toward a common goal – success for Newcastle United both on an off the field. But, that does not to be the way he works – he’s a sociopath and a bully!

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 5, 2019 at 5:44 AM

    Comment #18

    You’re not wrong there Nostradamus

    Sad article in the fail about Gazza by Martin Samuel – who I think is a decent writer. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-6887921/The-sadness-Gazza-lost-boy-help.html

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 5, 2019 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Guardian – Home comforts should help Newcastle move closer to safety

    Unbeaten at home since2 January, and on a run of five successive wins at St James’ Park, Newcastle would take a giant stride to safety with another win against Crystal Palace. The club’s terrible record in London – their defeat at Arsenal on Monday was the 18th in their last 23 visits to the capital – has received a lot of attention but Palace’s record in Newcastle is even worse. The Eagles have only scored in one of their last seven visits – a 3-3 draw in August 2014 – and have lost six of those. Indeed since a 2-1 victory there in March 1998, the most recent of two post-war wins on Tyneside (from 21 attempts so far), they have won one of 15 games against the Magpies at all venues, losing 10. SB

  • Jib

    Apr 5, 2019 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #20

    Lesh _ you do realise that your link to the Grauniad’s Debenhams report’s dated 27 March and that things have moved on since that report?
    Hey maybe that’s why I posted whoops thicko

  • cyprus

    Apr 5, 2019 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #21

    If I was a betting man, which I am, a bit, I would say that this game is a banker for a draw. In fact, if it were legal, the two teams would agree to a draw.

    Still, Almiron won’t have been informed, so he’ll score the winner 😉

  • lesh

    Apr 5, 2019 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #22


    @20…..If you say so.

  • Jib

    Apr 5, 2019 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #23

    Good E/W bet for the GN
    Pleasant Company

  • Mag52

    Apr 5, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #24

    I wonder if Rafa is planning to let loose a fired up Shelvey against Palace at the weekend.
    With his midfield options now probably down to Diame, Ki and Shelvey it could mean a first start for Jonjo for quite some time.

  • Mag :P

    Apr 5, 2019 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #25

    Do you lot remember that game in the championship where we scored a penalty but because of ‘encroachment’ they were awarded a free-kick?

    It should have been a retake.

    Proper controversial that. Just like that game against forest away I believe. 2 reds and neither were, a disallowed goal that was perfectly fine, not awarded a penalty for a clear foul on Clark. Darlow saved both of there penalties and they nicked a 90th minute winner from an own goal from lascelles.

    That game still angers me to this day lol.

  • Jib

    Apr 5, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #26

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Schar making his return as a DM
    Alongside Ki

  • martoon

    Apr 5, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #27

    I can’t decide if this is good or bad – what do you think.


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