NEWCASTLE travel to Crystal Palace on Friday. Ben Ragg (@Punters_Corner_) is on-hand to deliver his favourite fancies.
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle | Friday 27th November 2020, 20:00 | Amazon
Friday night football this week sees Steve Bruce’s Newcastle travel down to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace.
Palace come into this one with their talisman Wilfried Zaha out again as he continues his self-isolation following a positive coronavirus test. The Eagles have won just two of their last 16 games without the Ivorian and their showing versus Burnley on Monday night showed how crucial he is to the side.
Magpies boss Bruce will be delighted he can recall Callum Wilson to his squad after he has recovered from a hamstring problem. The England international has scored six goals in eight outings this season and Newcastle really lacked a goal-threat last time out against Chelsea in his absence.
This fixture certainly isn’t one of the standout matches of the weekend and hasn’t produced the best encounters in the past – six of the last seven meetings between these two have featured fewer than two goals with the only one that didn’t ending 1-1.
Palace struggle to score without Zaha and drew blank on Monday in their first game this season without him. Meanwhile, Newcastle have failed to score in their last two, and given the recent matches between the pair I can only see a low-scoring game.
So, the first angle I like is Under 2 Goals in the Asian Goal Line at 59/50 with Unibet. This basically means if there is fewer than two strikes the bet will be settled as a win and If there are exactly two goals the bet will be settled as a push.
In the last seven showdowns between these two, this bet has won six times and been voided once, so it looks a very safe bet at a nice price. Due to the lack of goals between them, and Palace being without Zaha, I am also happy to back the 0-0 by taking Under 0.5 Goals at 15/2 (Betfair). This is a huge price for an encounter that very rarely brings goals.