Mark Lawrenson has backed Alan Pardew to take revenge on Newcastle United at Selhurst Park tonight.
Writing for BBC Sport, Lawrenson wasn’t impressed with Newcastle against Stoke and has accused United of blowing ‘hot and cold’, which is almost a compliment as with only 3 wins in the last 14 matches, the hot spots have become difficult to find.
Mark Lawrenson has predicted a 2-0 win for Pardew and Palace, with the home fans a key ingredient with the atmosphere they produce, according to the pundit. However, with only 3 Premier League wins at home so far this season it hasn’t exactly done them much good.
What is for sure is that if John Carver doesn’t have his players suitably prepared for this one, it could be very long night for the travelling Newcastle fans in South London.
“The Palace fans are always great at home – they really get the idea that their team has got 19 cup finals at home if they want to stay up, and they make sure there is a fantastic atmosphere.
“As well as that, the Eagles have some players who teams in the top 10 would take, the likes of Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie for starters , plus they are all playing for Pardew.”
Hot and cold;
“Newcastle continue to blow hot and cold and I don’t think they have enough attacking options at the moment.
“That meant Stoke looked very comfortable for the majority of their draw on Sunday.”