Liverpool v Newcastle United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Premier League Liverpool v Newcastle United

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Saturday, September 14, 2019


Anfield

Punter's Pick

A Newcastle draw with a +2 handicap seems the only realistic prospect the away side will achieve anything at Anfield, and looks interesting value at 3/1 with Bet365. Sadio Mane to score first and Liverpool to win at 7/2 looks entirely feasible, or go for the Egpytian King Mo Salah to score first and the Reds to win at 13/5, both available with Bet365.

Champions League winners resume their quest for a perfect start to the season after the international break as they welcome Newcastle United to Anfield for a lunchtime showdown.

History suggests another routine win for hosts?

With thirteen successive league wins in a row secured before the international break with a 3-0 away win at Burnley, there is little encouragement for Newcastle coming into this fixture. Further stats also do not forebode well for the visitors, with the Reds the only team in the top four divisions in England still with a 100% record, and you would have to go back to April 2017 for the last time they lost a fixture at home in the top flight.

Newcastle’s recent visits to Anfield also offer little in the way of encouragement either, with a 2-0 win for the Toon Army on their return to the Premier League in 1994-95 season their only victory in the Premier League era. Last season they were pumelled 4-0 by the hosts, with a warm reception for former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez about the only highlight on another grim visit to Anfield.

Newcastle get going after difficult start

The low key appointment of Steve Bruce to replace the popular Benitez, coupled with the loss of key personnel such as Ayoze Perez in the summer meant it was always going to be imperative Newcastle got off to a good start this season. An opening day defeat by Arsenal followed by a humiliating 3-1 loss to newly promoted Norwich City had fans already fearing for the worse this season, as a disjointed team looked like prime candidates for a relegation battle.

However in their last two games Newcastle have turned things around and at least look like they have something to build on. First came a surprise 1-0 win away at Tottenham Hotspur, as they executed perfectly a defensive masterclass to keep the hosts at bay, a template they will surely look to replicate at Anfield. A 1-1 draw at Watford was slightly disappointing come off the back of that great result, especially with their opponents coming into the game on a run of three successive defeats to start the season. However four points from a possible twelve to start the season is not a total disaster, and with Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all to come before the end of November, it certainly is not the kindest run of fixtures for new manager Steve Bruce to work with.

Team News

Liverpool will still be without first choice goalkeeper Alisson Becker – the Brazilian keeper limped off on the opening day of the season against Norwich City with a calf injury and has only resumed light training. Midfielder Naby Keita is also nearing a return from a hip injury and should be back before the end of the month, but defender Nathaniel Clyne is out until 2020 at the earliest.

Newcastle have a host of injury problems to contend incurred both in pre-season and at the start of the new campaign and are expected to still be without Matt Ritchie, Allan Saint-Maximin, Dwight Gayle, DeAndre Yedlin and Florian Lejeune.

Routine win for hosts

Despite Newcastle’s impressive 1-0 away at Tottenham, they are likely to find the European Champions a further step up in class and it is difficult to see them holding the Reds at bay for 90 minutes. Forward Joelinton was Newcastle’s matchwinner against Spurs, but is likely to be severely isolated up against Liverpool’s imposing centre backs Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip and may not be able to hold the ball up long enough to give his side’s defence respite from the wave after wake of attacks they will be facing on Saturday. The away side may just be clinging on to the fact that a lunchtime kick off coupled with a return to action after the international break catches the hosts flat footed and they can escape with a draw.

Punter's Pick

A Newcastle draw with a +2 handicap seems the only realistic prospect the away side will achieve anything at Anfield, and looks interesting value at 3/1 with Bet365. Sadio Mane to score first and Liverpool to win at 7/2 looks entirely feasible, or go for the Egpytian King Mo Salah to score first and the Reds to win at 13/5, both available with Bet365.

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