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Crystal Palace v Newcastle: Gayle force wins on the forecast

| 10.02.2015

It’s a case of friends reunited at Selhurst Park this Wednesday as Alan Pardew prepares to lead his Crystal Palace charges out against his previous club Newcastle United.

The man known affectionately as ‘Pardiola’ in south east London already masterminded two Toon victories against the Eagles in both the Premier League and Capital One Cup but with the Magpies now under the stewardship of John Carver, a different outcome could be on the cards here.

It’s Palace, this time round, who head into the game in form and as the 11/8 slight favourites for the win with a draw offered at 11/5 with Ladbrokes.

Newcastle, meanwhile, are also 11/5 for the victory though we’ve turned to three alternative selections that look safe bets in a potentially topsy-turvy Premier League encounter.

Dwight Gayle to score first @ 11/2

The former Peterborough man has enjoyed his recent encounters with Newcastle United, scoring the opening goal in both of the previous two meetings between the teams this term and as a potential penalty taker looks the best bet to open the scoring here.

With four goals to his name from Palace’s last six competitive outings, there are few better picks to find the net at Selhurst Park having scored against Liverpool and Tottenham at the ground already this term.

4+ Goals to be scored @ 3/1

As recent 3-2 victories over Burnley in the Premier League and Southampton in the FA Cup have served to showcase Palace’s penchant for getting involved in high-scoring affairs and it should prove no different when Newcastle United come to town.

These two played out a 3-3 draw at St James’ Park earlier this season and, though some of the goals came in extra time, a League Cup meeting between the teams also ended 3-2.

It therefore stands to reason that two decidedly dodgy sides should get involved in a big scoreline.

Yoan Gouffran to score at any time @ 4/1

Gouffran goals have become akin to the old cliché involving buses – we waited ages for one to turn up, 13 months in fact, only for another to follow close behind.

Having scored two goals in his last three outings for Newcastle the former Bordeaux man is starting to show the kind of vintage form that made him so prolific in Ligue 1 and is a great price to get among the goals again here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.