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Newcastle v Liverpool Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

September 27, 2017

- Grant Whittington

St James’ Park - Premier League

One of the most entertaining fixtures of the Premier League era is back on Sunday, as Liverpool travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United. The visitors could use the win to stay in touch with the leading pack, while the Magpies could leapfrog the Merseysiders by claiming all three points.

Past Meetings

Home form counts for a lot in this fixtures, with the hosts picking up the win in nine of the last 13 meetings. With 63 goals in the last 20 games, there’s often fireworks in this fixtures. Newcastle took four points from Liverpool the last time they were in the top flight, recording a 2-0 win at St James’ and a 2-2 at Anfield.

Team News

Defender Paul Dummett remains a doubt for Newcastle, after injuring his hamstring over 6 weeks ago. There’s better news for Rafa Benitez on Florian Lejeune though. The former Eibar centre back’s been out with an ankle problem since the opening day of the season, and is line for a return on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp continues to be without Adam Lallana thanks to a thigh strain, while Nathaniel Clyne’s another long term absentee with a back injury. The good news for the German boss though is that Sadio Mane’s available after his suspension, injecting a series dose of pace in the Liverpool attack.

Newcastle v Liverpool Preview and Predictions

In a fixture that’s famous for goals between two teams that used to be known for their cavalier attacking football, only one of the clubs can lay claim to those traditional these days. Although Liverpool have recorded twice as many goals as Newcastle already this season, the hosts still have a chance in this one if they stick to the game plan set up by former Reds boss Benitez.

The Spaniard will pack the Newcastle midfield to avoid the massacre his former employers inflicted on Arsenal, and look to do their damage on the break and at set pieces. Mane’s return will be a big factor that the hosts need to pay attention to, as they try to keep Liverpool’s free-flowing attackers at bay. Despite winning their last two home games, Newcastle will start this one as underdogs at 9/2.

After the disappointing result against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday, a trip up to St James’ isn’t exactly the ideal fixture for Klopp to negotiate. The Reds have had a very topsy turvy start to the season, and they could be eight points behind both Manchester clubs by the time they kick off on Sunday. At 3/4 in the betting though, they’re favourites to avoid this. If you think the game will end in a draw, that’s 31/10.

Recommended Bets

Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 5/2

There’s usually goals in this fixture, and with Liverpool looking shaky at the back, this is a decent way to improve your odds on an away victory.

Newcastle to win 1-0 at 16/1

Or back Benitez to grind out a narrow win against him former club with this bet.

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