While Newcastle may have seen their eye-catching unbeaten run come to an end away at Burnley last weekend, the Magpies will undoubtedly be glad to make a return to St. James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.
Despite Steve Bruce seeing his side handed just their second Premier League defeat in their last eight appearances, the mood around the North East continues to remain upbeat and a return to winning ways this weekend could see them remarkably flirting with the top-six.
On the flip side, after battling from behind to snatch a point off of M23 rivals Brighton at Selhurst Park on Monday night, Crystal Palace have continued to go about their business quietly and open the weekend in the top half.
Also enjoying a four-match Premier League unbeaten run nearing closer to Christmas, the Eagles will also be boosted by their most recent trip to the North East.
When the two sides last faced off back in April, Palace snatched a 1-0 win on the road and can be found priced at 2/1 with Coral to leave with all three points on Saturday afternoon.
The North East fortress?
Although Newcastle may have put in a lacklustre display at Turf Moor last week and now on a run of form that has seen them lose five of their last seven matches on the road, the Magpies have continued to shine at St. James’ Park.
Along with snatching a famous 2-2 draw off of reigning champions Manchester City last month, Steve Bruce’s side are unbeaten in seven Premier League games in the North East, their best run since April 2012 under Alan Pardew.
Opening the weekend with only their goal difference keeping them outside of the top half, you might be interested to know that Newcastle are priced as high as 4/1 with Paddy Power to secure a top-10 finish come May.
Elsewhere, there is no doubt that the one-time Sunderland boss will be excited by the news that midfielder Jonjo Shelvey could win his battle against injury and make a return this weekend.
After missing Newcastle’s trip to Turf Moor last week, the former Liverpool man has been arguably the Magpies’ MVP this season.
Finding the net in each of his last three Premier League matches on the bounce, the 27-year-old can be found pencilled in at 5/1 with Bet365 to extend on that tally this weekend.
Palace rely on Zaha
While Roy Hodgson may have seen his side largely outplayed against M23 rivals Brighton on Monday night, Palace did manage to snatch a hard-fought point and are now in the midst of a four-match unbeaten run, their best spell of the season.
Opening the weekend in ninth and knowing that another victory on Saturday could see them climb as high as sixth, the former England boss finds his side priced at 11/8 with Bet365 to secure a top-10 finish next year.
Unsurprisingly, if Palace are to replicate a similar level that saw them land a 1-0 win in their last trip to St. James’ Park, there is no doubt that Saturday’s traveling support will be calling on talisman Wilfried Zaha to lead their charge.
Finding the net empathically to bag the equalizer against their bitter rivals on Monday night, the Ivory Coast international is enjoying his brightest run of the season nearing closer to Christmas.
With each of his three strikes this season coming in his last five appearances, you might be interested to know that Zaha can be found priced at 3/1 with Paddy Power to once again find the net this weekend.