Newcastle United welcome Crystal Palace to St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon (15:00) and both sides will be hoping that this game will be a lot more entertaining than their two meetings last season. Both those matches ended in goalless stalemates, so the supporters will be hoping that they can get their money’s worth this time around.
We’ve picked out a couple of markets that could offer value in this contest.
Newcastle United are the overwhelming favourites to come away with the three points in this one. They are priced at 4/9. If you feel like another draw could be on the cards you can back a stalemate at 16/5, while a Crystal Palace victory is valued at 6/1.
Newcastle’s key absentees at the moment are Harvey Barnes, Joe Willock, while Joelinton and Sven Botman are doubts for Saturday’s clash.
Michael Olise is Crystal Palace’s biggest injury concern at the moment, with the winger not having played a single minute this term.
Alexander Isak to score anytime @ EVS
Newcastle striker Alexander Isak has been in great form of late for the Magpies, and he will have been disappointed that the international break came when it did. The Sweden international had scored four goals in his last three outings in the Premier League, taking his tally for the campaign to six.
He will head into the weekend full of confidence and if there is anyone who can ensure this game doesn’t end up 0-0 again, it’s him. He keeps improving each time he plays for Newcastle, which is a testament to Eddie Howe’s coaching. Isak is definitely one of the best forwards in the league and there is a good chance that he will be in the conversation for the Golden Boot at the end of the season – if Erling Haaland can’t match his stunning haul from 2022-23.
Newcastle to score in both halves @ 6/5
The Magpies had been in great form before the most recent break, winning five of their last seven games across all competitions. They are currently the second-highest scorers in the division with 20 goals so far, and they will look to add to that tally this weekend.
In that recent run, there have been three games in which Newcastle have found the back of the net in the second half, and we think that they can accomplish this again against the Eagles, especially with them being at home.
They have a lot of firepower at their disposal with Isak, Callum Wilson, Miguel Almiron and Anthony Gordon all off the mark for the campaign. At 6/5, backing them to score in both halves offers great value.