Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle Betting Tips: Two stand-out bets for Selhurst Park showdown
Crystal Palace and Newcastle lock horns at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening, in a televised clash on Sky Sports Main Event & Premier League (5.30pm).
Dean Woodward has previewed the game, scanned the markets, and slammed his two best bets on the table...
Crystal Palace will be looking to take points off a top-four side for the second time this week after a miraculous stoppage time Michael Olise free kick secured a point for Patrick Vieira's side against Manchester United on Wednesday.
Joachim Andersen remains out with a calf injury for the Newcastle clash, allowing Chris Richards to start again at centre half alongside Marc Guehi. Both Jordan Ayew and Eberechi Eze will be hopeful of returning to the starting XI on Saturday evening.
Newcastle managed to take three points again last time out against Fulham, a Mitrovic penalty disaster letting Newcastle off the hook, the stroke of luck often needed if they are going to continue to push on in attempt to secure European football next season.
Still only one defeat in the Premier League for Eddie Howes men, a feat only Arsenal have managed to achieve so far. The loss of Bruno Guimaraes last week is a concern for the Magpies as he departed the stadium on crutches after rolling his ankle, his return date is still unknown. Joelinton is likely to revert back to midfield here to cover for Bruno, with Saint-Maximin set for a start now back to fitness.
Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Clyne, Richards, Guehi, Mitchell; Eze, Doucoure, Hughes; Olise, Ayew, Zaha
Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Pope; Trippier, Schar, Botman, Burn; Willock, Longstaff, Joelinton; Almiron, Isak, Saint-Maximin
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle Tips
The Crystal Palace midfielder, Cheick Doucoure, is a machine when it comes to dispossessing his opponent.
In his 17 Premier League appearances he has managed 47 tackles (2.8 tackles per game), with an average of just over three tackles per 90 minutes.
Tackles against Newcastle are exceptionally high, especially in the midfield areas, with the likely return of Saint-Maximin down the Newcastle left hand side aiding this bet even further.
Doucoure's last eight Premier League matches have seen him register a whopping 30 tackles at an average of 3.75 per game, clearing this 2.5 line on 6 of the 8 occasions.
In the last few months, the English full back has really shown some grit in his defensive play.
A player who isn’t known for fouling and tackling has begun to really turn a corner on that front.
In his last eight matches in all competitions he has racked up 18 fouls and picked up three yellow cards, taking his tally to five yellows this season.
On his raw data alone, his price of around 11/2 looks fair, but he is likely to be up against none other than Wilfried Zaha, a player who is renowned for drawing fouls and tormenting his opponent. If Zaha can isolate Trippier in one on one situations, Trippier will be extremely busy.