Liverpool v Newcastle Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 24, 2018
Anfield - Premier League
Liverpool aim to head into 2019 on top of the Premier League as they host Newcastle on Boxing Day at Anfield. The Magpies have struggled this season, and Wednesday's game could be a number of players last chance to impress before the transfer window opens.
Mane and Salah each scored when the two sides met last season, combining to secure a 2-0 win for Liverpool. Newcastle did manage a 1-1 draw at St James' Park and Rafa Benitez will be keen to repeat the performance against his old side.
Jurgen Klopp has a shortage of defenders at the moment with Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold all injured. This will see Dejan Lovren continuing to partner Virgil Van Dijk at centre-back, with James Milner or Nathaniel Clyne competing for the right-back spot.
Jonjo Shelvey and Florian Lejeune are major doubts for Newcastle, with Kenedy not yet at full fitness having picked up a knock last weekend. Rafa Benitez is likely to continue with Salamon Rondon up front with the Venezuelan starting to find form with the Magpies.
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Having started the season as the underdogs in the fight to end Manchester City's dominance, Liverpool can go into the new year ahead of last season's champions.
Jurgen Klopp's side may not have the attacking flair of last term but his defensive reinforcements have had the desired effect and improved the team as whole. However, if Mohammed and Salah and co. fail to score against Newcastle, all of the Reds hard work could be for nothing, with City hot on their heals.
For Benitez, the second half of the season holds a very different challenge, with the Magpies struggling to remain clear of the relegation zone. Yet another summer of little investment has meant that the club have failed to keep up with the teams around them, failing to build upon an impressive campaign last season.
Against Liverpool, the manager comes up against the side with whom he has enjoyed the most success, but has also impressed in the opposing dugouts. The Magpies under Benitez have drawn both of their games against Liverpool, with Benitez seeming taking his pragmatic, defensive approach to new heights against his former side.
Mohammed Salah to score anytime at 1/2
The Egyptian has got back to his best recently and will look to push on for the second half of the season.
Under 2.5 goals scored at 2/5
The last few results have been low-scoring but Newcastle haven't quite had the defensive rigor of last season.