It’s not exactly great time to be a Newcastle United fan.
The Magpies did great to win promotion to Champions League under manager Rafa Benitez but the Spaniard did not receive the support he had hoped for in the elite tier of English football and cracks are beginning to show.
Three Premier League wins on the trot earlier in September only masked deep problems Newcastle are facing both in their squad and within the management structures which resulted in Magpies going through their last three Premier League matches winless.
To make things worse, the club was put up for public sale on Monday by Toon tycoon Mike Ashley who is ready to walk away for the right price.
It remains to be seen whether this new development will be of negative influence on Rafa Benitez and the players, but the fact Crystal Palace are arriving to town in completely contrasting spirits will not help.
The Eagles have endured torrid beginning to the Premier League campaign but could not have found the better way to record their first win this season than over reigning champions.
Palace travel to Newcastle on the back of morale-boosting 2-1 triumph and are available at 58/19 at 10Bet to build on and keep the momentum going. It’s a long shot but one worth trying.