A pivotal game potentially for both Newcastle United and Crystal Palace on Sunday.

At the moment Palace lie 13th and Newcastle 14th, separated by two points, on 26 and 24 respectively.

Newcastle and the five clubs below them are only kept apart by one point or goal difference, with West Brom slightly adrift on only 20.

With things so tight, Palace could create some breath space whilst arguably Newcastle had to pick up at least four points from their two games against Burnley and Palace. With only a draw on Wednesday the pressure is really on Rafa’s players.

However, both clubs have a difficult run of games after Sunday.

Newcastle have Man Utd at home, followed by Bournemouth and Liverpool away.

Whilst Palace have Everton away and then Spurs and Man Utd at home.

Rafa Benitez may not have the best squad around but he has been careful in trying to avoid injuries as much as possible, not taking risks and rotating players when necessary. It is vital keeping the likes of Jamaal Lascelles fit in this relegation run-in, with hopefully Islam Slimani able to soon shake off his thigh injury as well.

For Roy Hodgson though, he has at least half a dozen players who are set to miss the game.

Jeffrey Schlupp, Scott Dann, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jason Puncheon and Conor Wickham were all carrying injuries and then the last thing the Palace boss needed was Bakary Sako adding to his problems.

Sako has scored three goals in the last six weeks, all of them helping Palace to win each time, nine points that have massively assisted them in pulling out of the drop zone.

However, Sako left the away match at West Ham wearing a protective boot and won’t face Newcastle.

Amongst those who will be likely to play though are three former Newcastle players, with Yohan Cabaye, Andros Townsend and Patrick van Aanholt set to start.

Crystal Palace v Newcastle Match Betting:

Palace win 21/20Draw 12/5Newcastle win 31/10

Kenedy to score first goal 19/1NUFC win 1-0 19/2NUFC win to nil 6/1

All Crystal Palace v Newcastle betting HERE

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  • TheNutJob

    need a point, Rafa will have to use 10-0 formation, park the bus and wait for the Spanish goal machine to miss a boat load & hope another player can score.
    we got in a striker when we really needed 2

    • TheNutJob

      Betvictor`s men in black must have found leazes

      • Wor Lass

        He put all his pocket money on a Bet Victor long-shot and now he`s living it up in Costa del Cleethorpes, lucky lad!

    • Mitros gotta start

      Or we could have kept mitro and been ok

      • Peaky Magpie


      • Georgia Peter

        There will be legitimate reasons that Rafa is keeping to himself. Worry not my friend.

    • Michel van gurchom

      And why did he not try one of the youngsters ..

  • PMH

    Patrick van Aanholt didn’t play for the Toon

    • Mitros gotta start

      Of course he did….we had him on loan

    • Stephen


    • robbersdog

      Yeah, he did. We had him in 2010 – on loan from Chelsea.

    • Albert Stubbins

      he was a decent player for us on loan for Chelsea- No buy out clause in contract though- he went to the makems a few years later which altered my view of him!!

  • Alex

    Burnley had the same number of first choice players out. Unless we learn to put the ball in the net, absences won’t help one jot.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Can’t stand this whole ….”oooh they’ve got so many players injured we might have a chance “ attitude……does my heed in…..wusses.

    • thewildchimp

      Well, I’m more like: if we don’t do them in now – we don’t deserve to stay up.

  • Peaky Magpie

    I wonder if other clubs forums print thinks like “ we should be ok against Newcastle this week The Hoss IS playing” 😂😂

  • Lhc

    It’s crunch time now, we need to start winning games, simple! If we can’t go to palace and get a win It’s looking grim for staying up, 13 games left, and I reckon we need 4 wins and a draw just be on the safe side. 13 games to win 4 and draw 1 you would think would be enough games to achieve that in but we will see.

    • Lhc

      *5 wins and a draw

      • Peaky Magpie

        Yeah 4 wins and a draw just might be ok…37 points + GD…..5 wins and a draw and we should be ok…

        • Lhc

          Very tough considering we’ve only won 6 games out of 25, I’m hoping it doesn’t come down to us having to get something against Chelsea last day.

          • Peaky Magpie

            It’s bound to and can you just imagine the tension,I was at the West Ham game with the same scenario but to be honest the Hammers didn’t look interested that day and Fat Sham had already packed in..Chelsea however might be vying for a CL place,different ball game altogether…

        • Albert Stubbins

          I’d take thirty seven points now I honestly would without a moment’s hesitation. Your right it’s gonna be very tough. A lot of pressure on slamani as no one else looks capable of stepping up to the plate. I’ve got a hunch Ritchie is going to come good.

  • mentalman

    it doesn’t matter how many players they have missing, we won’t play our best team so they don’t need to either

  • Steven05

    PLEASE let the Mitro stuff go

    He wasn’t great, Rafa (who knows him better than us) wasn’t going to play him, and he’s now at Fulham

  • GToon

    I think if they were actually missing six players ie only fielding five players against us we might win. Last minute after defending for the other 89 mins.

  • Albert Stubbins

    If we get complacent about this we will get beat. This is the sort of headline we’ve been seeing all season and it’s made no difference to the result. Let’s just focus on our team not the opposition s as it never does us any good.