Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been reasonably cheerful this week given their side’s decent run of form, but there was some frustration among those punters after seeing the Magpies twice throw away the lead to draw 2-2 at Southampton on Sunday.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash at St Mary’s having won three of their opening seven Premier League games, and they looked on course to add another to that tally as goals from Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez twice gave them the lead on the South Coast. However, a brace from Saints striker Manolo Gabbiadini, the second from the penalty spot after Florian Lejeune needlessly bundled over Shane Long, secured a 2-2 draw for Mauricio Pellegrino’s side, a result which keeps Newcastle firmly lodged inside the Premier League’s top ten.
And although there was some frustration from a few of those Magpies fans lining up at the bar, many lauded a fine performance from Benitez’s men on Sunday, and they will be hoping for something similar against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace at St James’ Park on Saturday.
The Eagles registered their first Premier League victory of the season last time out with a 2-1 success over champions Chelsea, and as such will be supremely confident heading into their trip to the North East on Saturday.
Nonetheless, Benitez’s Newcastle will be favourites to get the three points and thus record a fourth league victory of the campaign, and here are THREE reasons why they will get the job done and beat Palace this weekend…