BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his prediction for this weekend’s Premier League matches. He is picking Newcastle to lose 2-0 at Crystal Palace.
Here is his prediction in full:
After drawing four league games in a row, Crystal Palace are now on a run of three straight defeats, but I always feel they are capable of a good result, no matter what kind of form they are in.
Newcastle have also slid back down towards the relegation zone recently but I don’t think they have to worry too much about being dragged into the dogfight at the bottom either.
There are definitely similarities between these two teams because, although neither scores many, both managers know how to defend so they will always pick up points.
Palace are actually the lowest scorers in the Premier League with 23 in 26 games, one less than Newcastle, but it is the Eagles who I think will come out on top here.
Lawro doesn’t entirely lay out a strong case for his prediction here. There’s no indication of why he thinks Crystal Palace with come through with what would be a terrific win for them.
We suppose that the advantage of playing at Selhurst Park should be taken into consideration. However, the Eagles’ recent run has been dreadful.
Newcastle haven’t exactly been on fire, but we’ve avoided losing consecutive games recently. That must be the aim against Crystal Palace. A loss will see the start of a losing streak that we can not afford.
Lawrenson’s contention about not getting dragged into a relegations scrap is a little off the mark to us as well. A loss on Saturday and some wins from those beneath us could see 18th place a little too close for comfort.
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