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.