This is the predicted Newcastle team v Crystal Palace for Sunday afternoon’s match.

A 2.15pm kick-off at Selhurst Park with Rafa’s players desperate to get over the disappointment of Burnley’s late equaliser.

A win would be massive and take Newcastle up to 12th, a win by two goals or more would remarkably see NUFC in 11th.

After Saturday’s matches everything is so so tight with only three points separating 11th and 19th.

Even a point could prove crucial at the end of the season although it would mean Newcastle staying 16th in the table.

Kenedy was very good on Wednesday night and will surely start but the best for Dubravka and Slimani will be a place on the bench at best.

I have read/heard some fans thinking the new keeper could/should start but I find that bizarre. Darlow has done pretty well and was unlucky with Burnley’s goal, whilst moving from the Czech league and four days later starting in the Premier League would be mad.

I think Rafa Benitez will be looking at a typical away set-up for a game where he thinks points are realistic, a solid defence and a bit of pace to try and hit on the break.

The back four did ok against Burnley and are set to start again, Yedlin still isn’t the best defender but gives the team some energy and as an alternative Manquillo doesn’t exactly inspire.

Merino and Diame are looking as though they could be Rafa’s first choice centre midfield pairing, the Spaniard went quietly about his job on Wednesday and gave composure, whilst Diamme was like a man possessed – by some distance his best game for Newcastle (so far…).

Up front, having arrived with an injury, even if he is available, Islam Slimani will only make the bench at best.

Joselu had a bit of a nightmare with that poor penalty and missed sitter, plus with an emphasis on counter-attacking, I think Gayle will get another chance.

To back up the lone striker, Kenedy will be one of those tasked with turning defence into attack. I think Murphy as well will start, very unlikely not to be in the team against Burnley he did well when coming on and laid on that easy chance for Joselu.

As for in the central role, nobody really convinces, but I think Matt Ritchie might be given another go to show he can deliver behind the man striker.

The predicted Newcastle team v Crystal Palace:

newcastle team v crystal palace

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

New customers to BetVictor qualify for up to a £40 welcome bonus in free bets.

To feature like Ryan Williamson submit your article to [email protected] and/or for more info go here



  • Mrkgw

    Dubravka should start in place of the hapless Darlow. Slimani if fit, also. Our side needs change not more of the same old. The players pre-window havent been good enough and that is why replacements/re-inforcements were sought.

    • Mike Adam

      Nothing wrong with the keeper, Dudravka doesn’t deserve to start yet. We need to score that is where our weakness is. We have been shut out 10 times this year and our second leading scorer by one goal is our center back. Let’s hope that Rafa doesn’t park the bus tomorrow and going forward!

      • Geordiegiants

        Darlow has not moved up and stood out, I thought he would of, but he is woeful up in the prem.

        • Mike Adam

          Totally disagree.

          • Geordiegiants

            Apart from Chelsea who? And just for the record just shot stopping doesn’t make you a good keeper in the prem.

          • thewildchimp

            His only liability is decision-making, which is huge. And because of that he also moves slowly. Has perfect reflexes and agility, though. So if he can sort his mind issues – he’ll be a terrific keeper. That’s a big ‘if’, though…

          • Wezza147

            For me Darlow has been great lately pulling off some outstanding saves against the win at Stoke. Yes he has made mistakes but against Burnley that was unlucky. I’d stick with him for the time being. He is still young and learning.

          • Mike Adam

            Totally agree mate!

          • Ram Kishore

            He’s not young lol
            He’s 25+

          • Mike Adam

            For a keeper he certainly is.

          • Mike Adam

            Really, have you ever played keeper? I have and I understand the position. Elliot can stop a few shots, but offers nothing else. Darlow has improved a lot this season. He is controlling the box better every game and is distributing the ball much better. Prior to the last game there were times when our players just walked out and he had no options for distribution but people would critisize him anyway. The keeper is only as good as the players in front of him in many situations. For you to call him shocking is dead wrong in my opinion.

          • hetonmag

            Have you noticed Pickford is a good shot stopper and made some cracking saves but his biggest fault as it is with Darlow is they push the ball back into play keeping it alive.

          • Ram Kishore

            That’s the most important job of the goalkeeper.. stopping all kinda shots.. what else do u expect.. Gk to take penalities?
            😂

    • Geordiegiants

      Darlow is shocking, I thought he would of moved up nicely, but I have been proved wrong. We definetly needed a new keeper, let’s hope he is a Given and not a Sels.

      • Mike Adam

        Who says, you seem to be the expert on everything. Mitro, Rafa, Burnley, Darlow, and the future totally amazing! Darlow has not been shocking, he has been improving and made a mistake or two along the way. All players, managers, and everyday people do.

        • Andy Mac

          “a mistake or two” or three ? He’s a flapper when it comes to crosses, doesnt command his area but is a good shot stopper. Unfortunately that’s not enough.with the less than solid back four in front of him.

          • Geordiegiants

            I thought he was gonna be a good keeper, I had the discussion with a few people last season and was agreeing with what Mike is saying, but he just hasn’t adapted unfortunately.

          • Mike Adam

            Every keeper on every team makes mistakes. And you said it, many times a keeper can only be as good as the players in front of him. Did you see Pickford today, not good and the defending in front of him, that was shocking. Thankfully we didn’t get Mangala.But for you to call him a flapper and others to call his play shocking is totally untrue and unjustified. Besides, what we need are goals. What can Darlow do about the 10 shutouts and the fact that our center back is our second leading scorer by one goal with 3. You want to talk about a flapper and what is shocking.

          • Andy Mac

            The age old chicken and egg question ? Does a keeper’s ability to command his area give the back four confidence or vice versa ? I’d suggest it’s the former ?

          • Geordiegiants

            Well I think Lascelles answered the question very clearly today, clearing his lines when it was blatantly Darlows ball on 2 occasions that spring to mind.

          • Mike Adam

            Missed that Geordie, I think you guys are way too harsh. The decisions and reactions are split second, and when the box is being constantly attacked as in the second half it becomes really chaotic in there and communication is key. We really cannot tell who is not affectively communicating. It is the keepers job to control the box and it is the backs job to cover for the keeper at times. There are also times when it is so congested in there it is difficult to get to balls when defenders get in the way. I am not making excuses for anyone, but we could have been down 2 – 1 at half. Remember Darlow saving the breakaway when Lascelles made the error of stepping up and getting caught out by the through ball? To answer Andy’s rhetorical question, they give each other confidence that is what a team is about. I played keeper for a long time obviously note at this level, but in college and the keeper and defense work as a unit. and both instill confidence in each other. Just my opinion. If Karl would have gotten just alittle more on that penalty and saved it he would have saved us two more points and would have been dubbed a hero.

          • Geordiegiants

            Don’t know which game you were watching if you missed that Mike.

          • Mike Adam

            Again you are quite the expert. Where did you play? “Lascelles clearing his line when it was blatantly Darlow’s ball on two occasions”, that is totally your opinion. Darlow also bailed Lascelles out when he screwed up and I will admit there was a communication problem between the two, because Lascelles was in Darlow’s way getting to balls a few times. The keeper and back line need to work as a unit, backs clearing balls, that is their job. For you to come out and say who was supposed to clear what ball is just insane. Darlow was good, not perfect, and so was Lascelles who seems to do no wrong. I don’t care what anyone says Darlow has played well and has made some great saves, like the two yesterday. I am sure Rafa will put the new perfect keeper in next match, don’t worry Rafa rates him so he will be the perfect keeper you are looking for.

          • Geordiegiants

            That is not miscommunication, that is Lascelles not having confidence in his keeper. Any decent keeper would of let him no under no uncertain terms the ball was his and took his head off collecting the ball if he had ignored him.

          • Mike Adam

            Your the expert, you know exactly what goes on in the box during a game and the communication between the players, congradulations! Could some of it be Darlow’s fault, sure, could some of it be Lascelles’s fault, sure. But only they know for sure what is and is not happening.

          • Geordiegiants

            I didnt see Clark do it once.

          • Andy Mac

            Aye but if Granny had testikools………..

          • Mike Adam

            Trans Granny does

        • Geordiegiants

          No I’m not an expert, but I have an opinion, and mine is a balanced generally positive one, not a negative one.

          • Mike Adam

            And I respect your opinions. But whether opinions are positive or negative makes no difference they are still opinions that someone has. I am of the opinion that Rafa’s continued playing of Joselu is insane and shocking and you disagree, Why is my opinion negative? Joselu does nothing to make the team better and most of all cannot score, he never has been able to at any level in his career. Just because that is my opinion doesn’t mean it is negative. Just because I qusetion the manager doesn’t make my opinion negative. I still sit down like every other NUFC fan and cheer on the lads on match day!

          • Geordiegiants

            Do you really think Rafa is 100% happy with any player we have? Do you think if Rafa had a decent budget, apart from Lascelles he would choose any of these players? He knows they aren’t the best, but does his best to get them to play to his methods, weather you or I agree with his methods are a different story, he picks whom he thinks will play to his instructions best, and he makes that judgment by training them day in day out, and deciding who has the best attitude, application and ability to suite his methods. What does anyone’s negative attitude bring to the table in this situation? He isn’t going to change his proven methods that have served him so well for the last goodness know how many years. The point I’m trying to make is, you can’t keep all the people happy all of the time, and his methods have worked time and time again, so get behind him instead of critiquing every decision until he does make a complete mess of things, because as it stands he is doing a very good job under the circumstances.

          • Mike Adam

            Sorry but just as I diagree with your thoughts on Darlow, I really believe Rafa lacks when it comes to the attacking end of the pitch. As I said I am behind the team and cheer just as hard as you on match days. But I disagree with many of Rafa’s player choices attacking wise, his substitutions or lack there of, and his tactics. I understand your point, but I cannot just agree with everything he does and it doesn’t make me any less of a fan.

          • Geordiegiants

            We don’t have any attackers, I’ve said in previous posts, if he played like this with say an Everton squad I would be a bit miffed myself, if he played like this with Citeh’s squad I would be calling for his head, we don’t have anyone to create goals never mind score them, he is a football manger not a magician.

          • Mike Adam

            Well he got rid of one he never gave a chance this year, but lets not go there, and that sounds just a bit negative my friend, just my opinion. Hopefully Kenedy and Slimani can provide the attacking skills we have been missing. Hopefully we do not see Joselu on the pitch again.

          • Geordiegiants

            How is fact negative? We don’t/didn’t have a goal scorer. We have not had a creative player. Tell me whats negative about that. We do agree on one thing though, hopefully Kennedy and Slimani are the answer to both problems.

          • Mike Adam

            You are preaching to me to put my opinions of Rafa aside and get behind him. All I meant was saying that we don’t have any attackers is a bit negative. You never accepted any of my factual points where Mitro was concerned. Listen my friend we are on the same side, NUFC supporters, let’s just agree to disagree on some issues. But it is enjoyable to discuss and hear others opinions.

          • kingfisher

            Spot on Mike,you and Geordie have had a right old discussion there,I’ve enjoyed reading you different viewpoints.That’s what these sites are for, to let like minded fans give their opinion. As I said in a recent post,just because I may disagree with someones opinion,I’m not saying they are wrong and I’m right,we just have different opinions, but it’s not on when people resort to abuse and name calling if they don’t agree with each other.After all, we are all armchair Managers and think we can do a better job than the professionals!
            You and Geordie can have some of these :👍👍👍

          • paul mclaughlan

            Rubbish to that. Meet behind The Strawberry and get it sorted properly. 😂

          • kingfisher

            Good crack, Paul 🥊🥊🥊

          • Mike Adam

            It is nice King when people can have a discussion without resorting to name calling. Usually doesn’t happen on here.

          • Clarko

            Why are you so negative?

          • Geordiegiants

            Clarko it’s called debate kidda, it’s not a war hammer convention.

          • Wor Lass

            Mike must have forgotten for a minute that he wasn`t being Clarko!

          • Geordiegiants

            Poor Mike, he isn’t quite that bad.

          • Mike Adam

            Thanks alot for the complement

          • Mike Adam

            Nobody can be Clarko Wor

          • Clarko

            🎣 🎣 🎣

          • Geordiegiants

            Ha ha lol, you got me🤪

          • Geordiegiants

            You got me 🤪!

          • Mike Adam

            Did you see Pickford and Everton’s performance today? Dreadful, thankfully we didn’t get Mangala! And Darlow saved us the game and all 3 points against Stoke, that is one I can recall.

          • Geordiegiants

            I did rate Darlow last season and thought he would make his way up the ladder like Lascelles, but he just isn’t quite good enough or consistent yet, he still has time to learn though. Pickford is getting his place due to his price tag.
            Mangala looked like he was doing an impression of Slo Mo. (Of old)

      • Leazes.

        I was hoping for Yashin.

        • Geordiegiants

          Elaborate then Leazes.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I watched Burnley today and even before they went 1 down they went toe to toe with Citee, it paid off in the end as they got a point. He who dares Wins.
    that hasn`t applied to Newcastle for 2 years.
    if we get any points tomorrow all for the good, but the sooner the new striker`s fit the better

    • Geordiegiants

      Burnley have a more balanced squad than ours, we do not have a striker, we do not have a playmaker, our only strength is our defenders, for the first time in 30 odd years of following Newcastle it’s the first time ever. The only problem is the squad is like our old defence, a shambles. (Excuse the pun)

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        let`s hope the new lads freshen up the team

        • Geordiegiants

          Let hope MMM!

      • nufcslf

        Thank Cashley for that. Not sure tomorrow or the reamainder of this season has anything to do with football anyway to be honest

        • Geordiegiants

          Your probably right about that his intention has never been football.

      • Andy Mac

        It is arguable that without 8 injured first team players Burnley didnt have the “balanced squad” they hoped for yet still managed to “compete” ?

        • Geordiegiants

          That’s seems a bit of a mad reply, it’s because they have a balanced squad that they can compete with 8 players out.

          • Andy Mac

            So they were missing three left sided players and three right sided players, a CB and a Keeper ? Neat that !

          • Geordiegiants

            Yeah and they had the cover to be able to play, it doesn’t matter who is in or out, they can still compete as their squad is a better balanced squad, we have a no balance, we only have decent defenders, we have very little in midfield, and FA up front. I’m no Burnley expert, but they obviously have enough in their squad to cover injuries.

          • Andy Mac

            So you dont mean balance but strength in depth ? TBH Burnley’s second string is pretty hopeless but they play for their manager ? Squad numbers/quality are roughly the same but Dyche has more experience working with limited talent. Rafa always wants more quality without trying to get the best out of the players at his disposal.

  • robbersdog

    I doubt very much that Rafa will play Kenedy, Ritchie AND Murphy, and he won’t be playing Ritchie in a central role behind Gayle.

    It’s kind of an interesting line-up (with the added bonus of no Joselu!), but that won’t be the team that kicks off the match.

    • Geordiegiants

      Ha ha that predicted team is his, that’s what I would pick team.
      We are probably gonna have another Mitro saga now with someone else.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        Mitro will be back
        the one on here, not the Serb

        • Geordiegiants

          He will still be bleating on next season probably.

  • DC1964

    The results were kind to Newcastle today.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      probably has something to do with everyone under Leicester being absolute garbage

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        😂😂

  • Big Al 1967

    Gayle against his former club with his former chairman saying he is not good enough. If that doesn’t wake him from his slumber nowt will.
    However if Zaha and Townsend are playing the biggest mistake Rafa could make is Manquillo at right back instead of Yedlin. I hope I am wrong but I have a horrible feeling that this will be the case

    • JonMag

      i hope Manquillo isn`t playing either along with Joselu that`s another £9m wasted

    • thewildchimp

      Absolutely must not allow Townsend to shoot from range as Darlow is too slow when moving across the goal. I also hope for Yedlin. However, Townsend is usually on our left side. We might see Kenedy drop deep regularly.

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        I think Townsend is out tomorrow, so we won’t have to worry about him shooting from range.

        • thewildchimp

          Oh… I kinda forgot, with so many fresh injuries they’ve sustained. Sorry for the lad, but that’s one obstacle less on our path.

        • Wor Lass

          Really? I hadn`t read that.

  • JonMag

    I think we`ll win tomorrow against the odds, after that we have Man U, Bournemouth & Liverpool away

    • Clarko

      🤢 🤢 🤢

    • Andy Mac

      Good news is Rafa does “away games” !

  • thewildchimp

    Shelvey or Perez at #10. Or Diame. Ritchie will never get that role, I believe. We have Kenedy for free-kicks now, so possibly Perez.

    • gallowgate26

      Kenedy showing that he can take corners in the two games I’ve watched him (against Norwich for Chelsea on TV). That means that Ritchie has rightly been dropped from the starting line up, as that was basically all he offered, no goals and very few assists from open play this season. He could do with some match fitness though!!

      • mentalman

        He hasn’t even been taking set pieces well recently

    • paul mclaughlan

      I think Shelvey at no10 is an excellent idea and have been saying this to friends for ages.

  • gallowgate26

    I notice there isn’t an article from the guy who writes ‘why Newcastle will win at …. tomorrow’. Has got me worried that has. He was right twice in a row :(

  • TheNutJob

    The Rafalution needs to start today or we`re Doomed !

    • Peaky Magpie

      Think we’re Doomed then Nut,can’t see our full backs handling Zaha….

      • Mal

        Despite the stick he gets from some fans, Dummett rarely gets taken to the cleaners. I think we may see Zara popping up on the left wing a lot where he’ll get more joy. Hopefully we can show plenty of attacking intent to nullify his threat. I fancy us today somehow; think we will get at least a draw, hopefully a win.

        • Wor Lass

          I hope “Zara” does pop up on the left wing. Maybe the lads could stick a couple in the net (more if the Hoss isn`t playing) while the Palace boys are shopping for new shirts and strides!

        • Peaky Magpie

          Hope you’re right,huge game,don’t think we’ll go down purely on the fact I think there are 3 teams at least worse than us…

    • Geordiegiants

      Your not kidding, it’s win or bust today I think.

    • gallowgate26

      I think the two points ‘dropped’ against Burnley were a massive two points. The club, players and manager don’t seem to have really acknowledged that. On balance of the game, a point is probably what we deserved IMO, Burnley had their own chances and we hung on at the end, yes Joselu should have scored twice but he DIDN’T, so it becomes IFs and BUTs. Burnley are a better team no doubt, the table doesn’t lie but they were in a stinking run of form and we now simply must win today because of the two points lost against Burnley.

    • Geordiegiants

      We are doomed!