Clean Sheet Six Out Of Seven

Newcastle entertain Crystal Palace on 6 April and then face Leicester away from home on 12 April.

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Two sides closing in on safety and a point would probably be a good result for both on Saturday.

Newcastle have kept a clean sheet in six of their last seven home games against Crystal Palace in all competitions, with the exception being a 3-3 draw in August 2014

Newcastle are 14th and seven clear of the drop, largely down to their home form with five successive victories at St James' Park.

You would expect that run to come to an end eventually, but their next couple of fixtures on Tyneside are more than winnable and the streak can be extended to at least seven. But it is unpredictable old Newcastle that we are talking about.

Rafa Benitez's men have undoubtedly improved in the second half of the campaign, with the likes of Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon stepping up performances as well as the arrival of exciting prospect Miguel Almiron in January.

Palace, meanwhile, have lost three of their last five in the Premier League and sit a place above Saturday's opponents.

Roy Hodgson's side were beaten in midweek as Spurs started life at their new stadium in style, but they will see this as a winnable game with the Magpies losing 50% of their home matches so far this term.

It is too close to call and with both of these sides' situations, a point would take them closer to safety and the feeling is they will both settle for a point from this one.

Opta facts

•Newcastle have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League meetings with Crystal Palace (W5 D5), losing 1-5 at Selhurst Park in November 2015.
•Crystal Palace have won just one of their seven Premier League away games against Newcastle (D2 L4), winning 2-1 in March 1998.
•Newcastle have won their last five Premier League home games – they last won six in a row at St James’ Park in the competition between January-April 2004.
•Newcastle are winless in all 10 of their Premier League games against sides from London this season (home and away), drawing two and losing eight. They’ve never had a longer winless run against London clubs in the top-flight (also 10 in October 1999).
•Crystal Palace have alternated between victory and defeat in their last six Premier League games, losing against Spurs last time out.
•Crystal Palace have only failed to score in one of their last nine Premier League away games, though it was in their defeat against Spurs in midweek.
•Newcastle striker Salomon Rondon has scored nine Premier League goals this season – he’s never reached double figures in a single campaign in the competition.
•Salomon Rondon has been directly involved in six goals in his last five home appearances for Newcastle in the Premier League (3 goals, 3 assists).
•After a run of scoring five goals in five games, Wilfried Zaha has failed to score in his last three Premier League appearances.