Mark Lawrenson predicts Crystal Palace v Newcastle United

Alan Pardew

Liverpool great Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Wednesday’s Premier League clash between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park.

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has predicted in his BBC Sport column that Crystal Palace will win against Newcastle United on Wednesday.

Palace will take on the Magpies at Selhurst Park in the Premier League in what will be manager Alan Pardew’s first game against his former club.

The Englishman left his position at Newcastle at the start of the year to take up the managerial post at Palace.

Since then, the Eagles’ results have improved, and Lawrenson believes that London outfit Palace will win 2-0 against Newcastle on Wednesday.

“The Palace fans are always great at home - they really get the idea that their team has got 19 cup finals at home if they want to stay up, and they make sure there is a fantastic atmosphere,” the 57-year-old wrote on BBC Sport.

“As well as that, the Eagles have some players whom teams in the top 10 would take - the likes of Mile Jedinak and Yannick Bolasie for starters - and they are all playing for Pardew.

“Newcastle continue to blow hot and cold and I don't think they have enough attacking options at the moment. That meant Stoke looked very comfortable for the majority of their draw on Sunday.”

Could Mark Lawrenson’s prediction come true?

Palace look rejuvenated under Pardew, and have started to put distance between themselves and the bottom three.

At the moment the Eagles are 13th in the Premier League table with 26 points from 24 matches, six points above third-from-bottom Hull City.

Meanwhile, Newcastle are 11th in the standings with 31 points and seem likely to finish the 2014-15 campaign in mid-table.

The Magpies have improved in recent weeks, but John Carver’s side are still not very convincing. Moreover, Newcastle have picked up just 12 points from as many matches away from home this season.

On paper Newcastle have the better team, but given Palace’s recent form and the fact that they are playing at home, the Eagles should be considered favourites to win on Wednesday.

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