Brentford have picked up just one point from their last seven matches and the threat of relegation has become a real concern after such a strong start to the season. Newcastle (and other teams) around the bottom three have picked up the form which means the gap between the London outfit and the bottom three is now just four points. Thomas Frank and his side are entering a big run of matches with their next three against teams in the bottom four. They need to start firing goals having managed just three in their last six.
At home, the Bees have managed just one victory in their last five but did manage a goalless draw with Palace in their last game here. Three of the last four and six of the last nine at this ground have seen both teams score. The London outfit will take comfort from not having to face any more of the top three here this campaign. Ivan Toney has grabbed two goals in the last three here.
Newcastle stretched their unbeaten run to six in the Premier League last time out with a useful point at West Ham. The North-Eastern side have moved into 17th on the back of 12 points from the last 18 on offer. They have tightened up at the back shifting just three goals in their last five. Three of their last six games have ended 1-1.
On the road, the Magpies have picked up four points from their last two with a victory at Leeds and a draw at West Ham. Prior to that the club had struggled on the road failing to win all season. They need to find more away form as they have Brentford, Norwich and Burnley still to play on the road before the end of the season. Jonjo Shelvey has netted in two of his last three road appearances.
Brentford vs Newcastle Match Stats
Backing the game to be level at half-time looks the way to play this given the huge stakes involved. Newcastle played a similar key game at Leeds recently and that one was goalless until the 75th minute. Brentford meanwhile have seen it be 0-0 at half-time in each of their last three at home so back the half-time draw.
Jonjo Shelvey is a combatitive player who is not the greatest tackler and sometimes misjudges his challenges. He has seven bookings already this campaign and three from their last five starts. He looks good value to be shown a card in what will be a competitive hard-fought nervy fixture.