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

A 3pm kick-off at Selhurst Park with Rafa’s players desperate to get three points and hopefully climb out of their early place in the relegation zone.

Newcastle did ok up to a point against Arsenal but without ever really looking like scoring.

Injuries and fitness worries, as well as those late back from international duty, complicated team selection last Saturday.

This time, Newcastle look sure to have a side that more resembles what fans believe to be Rafa’s first choice eleven.

At the back, Dubravka and the full-backs are unopposed and have done relatively ok so far this season.

As for in the middle of the defence, Federico Fernandez has arguably been Newcastle’s best defender so far this season and barring  injury is sure to start. However, the indications in the local media see to be pointing to Lascelles missing out after being forced off with an ankle problem at half-time against Arsenal – Ciaran Clark set to replace him this weekend.

Whilst Lascelles is likely to miss out, those local media reports are also saying that Jonjo Shelvey should be ready to return.

Rafa Benitez left him on the bench against Arsenal as he wasn’t fully fit but a return to play alongside Mohamed Diame will be a massive boost.

Ritchie was the only one of the six most forward players to do himself any justice against the Gunners, he is set to be joined by Kenedy in Saturday’s team.

A poor start to the season after not the best of summer preparations (67 minutes in pre-season friendlies) due to a baby arriving and the player allowed to travel back to Brazil. Rafa said the winger was on the bench last Saturday due to not being fully fit, also probably a case of taking him out of the firing line to try and get him fully wound up. Murphy runs a lot but offers no threat or end product, Newcastle need Kenedy back in the team to give that threat, here’s hoping he will bounce back in this game.

Rondon will surely play after Rafa thinking long-term and not risking any chance of injury after the late return from international duty last week.

Joselu and Perez together offer very little, lacking the pace and ability to unsettle the opposition. Perez might still hang onto his place despite a dismal start to the season but surely only a matter of time before Muto is given an opportunity, he may not have shown a lot in his sub appearances but persevering with Perez is not an option longer-term.

Newcastle, understandably to a large extent, have taken a more defensive stance so far, playing the likes of Chelsea and Man City. However, Palace is a game where Rafa Benitez will surely seek to get the opposition on the back foot a lot more.

The predicted Newcastle team v Crystal Palace:

newcastle team v crystal palace

Crystal Palace v Newcastle Match Betting:

Palace win 21/20Draw 23/10 Newcastle win 14/5

Rondon to score the first goal 15/2NUFC win 2-0 19/1NUFC to win to nil 11/2

All Crystal Palace v Newcastle betting HERE


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  • Paul Patterson

    I would expect Joselu will start. Not ideal but he is our top scorer.
    The loss of Lascelles would be massive.

  • Wor Lass

    Bearing in mind the fitness of the CB`s, I reckon that`s the best team we could put out at the minute. Rafa seems to have great faith in the Hoss doing his job for the shape of the team and might just start with him, as Paul says, but he SHOULD start with Rondon, in my opinion. He`s just a better player than the Hoss. Zaha will be rubbing his hands with glee at the thought of coming up against Yedlin. I do like that lad but he`s not a natural defender and expect Zaha to take him to the cleaners. Maybe Ritchie can give him some “special attention” like he did Hazard but with better effect! I don`t really mean that … honest …

    • Kenny

      in other words kick the schitt out of him

      • Wor Lass

        They tried it with Hazard but he was still the best player on the pitch. Zaha seems to be getting a bit irate about his treatment though so maybe he could be wound up a bit. Not really what you want as a football fan but we`re so short of quality at the mo it could be the only answer we`ve got. When he`s on his game he`s virtually unstoppable.

        • mentalman

          listening to a football phone in earlier in the week and the ex footballer they had on said Zaha has pretty much put a target on his back now with moaning about being tackled. The refs will be annoyed with him and players will be trying to wind him up.

    • Ron

      Yes you do!

    • Jezza

      If Zaha’s on form we’re in trouble.

  • Kenny

    Not looking good, even if Shelvey starts it will take him a couple of games to get match fit, Perez Kenedy & Slomo have contributed nothing in the last few matches, but the fact of the matter is the squad is that weak there are no viable replacements.
    what a mess

    • Wor Lass

      Maybe SloMo will morph back into MightyMo with Jonjo back in the team. I`d like to see Perez play with Rondon.

      • Kenny

        I hope Mighty Mo & Shelvey together may well trigger his form i think he helps Kenedy as well

  • Billmag

    Why not play Muto in place of Perez, I would take Kennedy out of the team till he gets his head in the right place, persist with Murphy the lad needs a run in the team the rest of side picks itself really.

    • Kenny

      I would give Muto a chance or it will be another £9m wasted on a bench sitter, ie Murphy

      • Jezza

        I’m convinced Muto was signed for commercial reasons rather than footballing reasons.

        • Kenny

          Could be, another shirt seller for the Rat

          • Jezza

            I think it’s all about gaining extra exposure for S****s D****t in the lucrative Far East market. Expect Muto and Ki to get plenty playing time at home in front of all those abominable advertising signs.

          • BigHairyDog

            I thought that as soon as they signed, and seeing as the club shop (SD) and SD on line sales will be the source for the Japanese and South Korea purchases he will recoup most of the outlay.

        • Tony English

          I saw a Korean family of six on the Tube towards Hammersmith yesterday, two young daughters wearing NUFC hoodies.

          I presume they were sightseeing and hoping to see Ki at Palace at the weekend.

          So he’s definitely shifting some merchandise towards those markets.

        • HarryHype59

          He has looked like a downgrade on Gayle on the evidence so far.

          • Jezza

            You get what you pay for and £9 million doesn’t even get you a decent Championship striker these days. Clubs like Leeds and Middlesborough have paid more for their new strikers.

  • Vodkamagpie

    Shelvey makes the whole team tick. If he plays decent, most of the normal team plays good, kenedy, diame etc

  • robbersdog

    No Lascelles = no win.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      no points

  • Tony English

    Andre Marriner loose top pocket
    +
    blanket coverage of Wilfried Zaha ‘rough’ treatment

    = Ritchie and/or Yedlin RED CARD

    Bet your house on it.

  • Rev

    Rafa will surely seek to get the opposition on the back foot … will he though?

  • Ron

    Just read report that Shelvey is still not in full training. Begs the question of if he’ll play and if he was on the bench to worry Arsenal with his presence.

    • Kenny

      not be starting then, maybe Rafa`s holding him back for next season in the Championship 😂 😃

      • Ron

        Not funny, true, but not funny.

      • Ron

        Hang on, have you heard something about Rafa trying to get us out of the Championship next season?

  • Foggy

    Best we can hope for is a 0-0 draw. Rolling Perez especially out time after time is becoming tedious thin squad or not. Makes Rafa appear devoid of ideas. But then again, maybe its the one in ten games that Perez may do something worthwhile thus justifying his selection up to Christmas.

    • robbersdog

      If Lascelles isn’t playing, we won’t keep a clean sheet.

      • Foggy

        Then maybe we should just concede the three points and save everybody the trouble. Save me getting p!ssed off on Saturday.

        • Kenny

          Good plan, just get p!ssed

  • Kenny

    In the last couple seasons our highest purchased players Murphy & Mutu are on the bench, that has to be a worry

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    I wonder how we’ll manage to lose by 1 goal THIS week?

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    like a phoenix from the ashes, Perez is about due to surface from a month of anonymity to do something frustratingly spectacular… before submerging yet again until late October.

  • BigHairyDog

    Clark the Wandering Mick!!! You can guarantee he will lose his man (Benteke) for at least two or three crucial times. At least with Shelvey back we should have some drive and intent, both massively missing after losing Lascelles at half time.