Former Newcastle United striker Michael Owen doubts the Toon will have as poor of a performance against Crystal Palace as we produced at Burnley last week, as the Magpies are a ‘different proposition’ when at St. James’ Park.
Steve Bruce’s United were beaten 1-0 at Turf Moor last Saturday, on an afternoon we produced nine shots but failed to force Clarets ‘keeper Nick Pope to make a single save before leaving empty-handed through a sole Chris Wood goal.
The result could have been far more condemning of our performance had it not been for Martin Dubravka pulling off three saves and parrying two efforts, as Burnley managed to direct four of their total seven shots on goal, with one blocked and two floating wide, per WhoScored data.
Our players were also dispossessed eight times at Turf Moor, and losing to Burnley brought an end to our three-game unbeaten run that saw Bruce guide the club to eleventh in the table.
A seventh win of the season this weekend at home to Crystal Palace would see the club move above the Eagles by two points and end their four-game unbeaten run, but Owen expects the spoils to be shared come full-time.
“Both sides are struggling for goals and Newcastle failed to have a shot on target for the third time this season at Turf Moor last weekend,” Owen noted in his column for BetVictor.
“The Magpies are a different proposition at St James’ Park, however, although I think they may have to settle for a point against a Palace side who are, arguably, better away from home and came from behind to get a point at home to Brighton on Monday.”
What will the result be on Saturday vs Palace?
Over the course of the Premier League season so far, Bruce’s Magpies have averaged 12.1 shots per game when at St. James’ Park compared to just 8.2 when on the road, per WhoScored data.
We are also averaging more on targets efforts when at home with 4.1 compared with 2.9 on the road – the 17th-best record in the top-flight – though home or away, we are giving up more shots to the opponent with 15.1 at St. James’ Park and 15.0 on the road.
Crystal Palace give up a lot of shots when away from Selhurst Park, too, with the Eagles allowing 15.6 shots on the road to 6.5 attempted themselves.
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