Thu 19 Oct 2023, 19:05 · Ash Harrison

'I think': Chris Sutton now predicts who will win on Saturday, Newcastle or Crystal Palace

'I think': Chris Sutton now predicts who will win on Saturday, Newcastle or Crystal Palace
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Newcastle United face Crystal Palace on Saturday at 3pm and BBC pundit Chris Sutton has given his score prediction.

Last season Newcastle were controversially denied a winner in one of the three goalless draws between them and Crystal Palace.

Joe Willock was adjudged to have fouled Palace 'keeper Vincent Guaita leading up to the goal after Sven Botman's header across the face of goal was turned into the net via Palace defender Tyrick Mitchell.

Newcastle were robbed of a goal against Palace last season

There was a coming together between Willock and Guiata, nobody will ever dispute that, but the replays showed that the only reason that collision happened was because Mitchell shoved Willock in the back as he was jumping, sending him hurtling into the Palace goalkeeper.

A free kick was awarded to Crystal Palace and the goal was obviously, chalked off despite the fact that everyone who saw the incident, except the people that matter, could see that it was a foul on Willock. The goal should have stood or Newcastle should have been given a penalty.

So in the end, that game like the two other meetings between the sides last season ended goalless after 90 minutes.

Chris Sutton has backed Newcastle to see off the challenge of Palace on Saturday

Chris Sutton has kept last season's draws in mind as he made his prediction for the BBC this week.

"These two teams met three times last season and didn't score once between them - although VAR did rob Newcastle of a perfectly good goal in the league game at St James' Park.

"Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson would probably be happy with another stalemate this time too, but Newcastle have been playing well and I think they will find a way to win.

Alan Shearer's former strike partner has gone with a comfortable Newcastle win, predicting a 2-0 victory for the home side.