Alan Pardew will be glad his side’s worst run of results in 27 years is finally over having beaten relegated Cardiff at home. The Magpies have seen their form plummet during the second half of the season and with Southampton out of sight above them they will want to hang on to 9th place. Should Stoke, in 10th, win their final game away at West Brom, Newcastle will need a win against Liverpool who left the field in tears following their match with Crystal Palace.
Moussa Sissoko was a stand out player for the Magpies last weekend. Sissoko made a team high of six attacking contributions (shots on target, assists, crosses and dribbles) against Cardiff. THE EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows that Frenchman has made the most attacking contributions all season (121) and also the most assists (6).
In defence Mathieu Debuchy and Michael Williamson have the most impressive stats. Debuchy made the most defensive contributions against Cardiff (blocks, clearances, interceptions and tackles won) with 15 and Williamson was close behind with 14. Both will want to improve next season and will not have enjoyed Newcastle’s recent form.
Loïc Remy is Newcastle’s top goal scorer with 14 goals this season. The on loan striker may not be at Newcastle next season and will be hard to replace if he does move on. Against Cardiff he scored and provided an assist showing how important he has been at Newcastle. He is 4/1 to score at anytime with 888sport.com.
Liverpool’s hopes of lifting the Premier League title this season look to have ended with Crystal Palace producing one of the most remarkable of comebacks on Monday. With three goals to the good and only 11 minutes left on the clock Brendan Rodgers was pushing for his side to grab more goals to help their goal difference. What happened in those 11 minutes, however, could not have been more different with a Delaney strike and a brace from Dwight Gayle securing one of the best comebacks in recent Premier League history.
Luis Suarez led the line for Liverpool with six attacking contributions in addition to finding the back of the net; bringing his season total to 31 goals. Suarez’s strike partner Sturridge also netted and has 21 this term. Despite both scoring it was not enough to hold off Palace and Suarez in particular was devastated to see Liverpool’s Premier League title chances disappear. The Uruguayan is 15/8 to score at anytime with888sport.com.
Glen Johnson was one of Liverpool’s most attacking players at Selhurst Park. The EA SPORTS Player Performance Index shows Johnson provided five attacking contributions, only bettered by Suarez. His four dribbles shows his confidence at running at defenders and will want to continue his form should he make the England Squad for the World Cup.
In midfield Joe Allen has secured a place in the starting eleven and got on the score sheet on 18 minutes. The Welshman also made the most tackles (5) in the team and will hope he can maintain his place in the team after a summer of new transfers.