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Newcastle United V Liverpool
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This week’s Super Sunday provides just one fixture from the Premier League. But if recent weeks are anything to go by, there should be plenty of action as Newcastle take on Liverpool at St James’ Park.
Historically speaking, this is one of the Premier League’s most exciting fixtures. We might not see a repeat of those famous 4-3 matches of the mid 90s, but it should be a thrilling battle all the same – especially as both teams are in serious need of a win.
Can The Toon Turn It Around?
Steve McClaren’s Magpies have endured a terrible start to the Premier League season, and they won’t expect things to get any easier here. In fact, the Geordie nation must already be fearing the worst as they prepare to face one of the league’s in-form sides.
Newcastle enter the clash having conceded eight in their past two matches alone and, in truth, it could have been a lot more. Defensive frailties and a blunt attack is the recipe for disaster, which is underlined by the fact they are already in a dog fight for survival. Quite frankly, if they want to avoid defeat, they’ll need to be a completely different to the side that lost at Crystal Palace.
There are some talented individuals in the squad, but they haven’t shown it this term. Summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum is the only one that’s really shown any glimpses, but he can’t be expected to do it all against the Reds.
Newcastle have looked very vulnerable against pace and any sort of pressing. We’ve seen stranger things happen, but there seems to be an air of inevitability about their defeat here.
Reds To Give Top 4 Hopes A Boost?
Since arriving at Anfield a few weeks ago, Jurgen Klopp has worked wonders at Anfield. The Reds will make this trip to Tyneside in buoyant mood, and not only because they enter this clash on the back of a 6-1 midweek win over Southampton in the Capital One Cup.
Liverpool will also be thrilled to see Daniel Sturridge back and amongst the goals while the improvements of Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke are further cause for optimism. With the likes of James Milner and Philippe Coutinho providing consistent quality too, the Reds should have no trouble in the attacking third.
After all, they’ve scored an incredible 13 goals in their last three domestic away games. The feat is made even more impressive when you consider trips to Stamford Bridge and the Etihad are included. If the Magpies do perform as they did at Crystal Palace, the Reds will be piling on the misery.
Another win would continue to put the pressure on the top teams, and that’s exactly what Klopp’s men will be expected to do.
Newcastle United V Liverpool Betting
Unsurprisingly, Liverpool enter the clash as firm favourites and are priced at 4/7 to get the away win with Bet365. Meanwhile, Newcastle can be backed at 9/2 to cause a shock and the draw is available at 3s.
It won’t be plain sailing forever for Klopp, but the cards seem to be being dealt in great fashion right now. The return of Daniel Sturridge ahead of the busy festive period is perfect, and we’re backing him to follow up Tuesday’s goals with at least one on Tyneside.
When fit, the England man’s quality cannot be questioned. His speed and attacking traits should be too much for the vulnerable Toon. At 6/5, we think he’s a great shout to score.[quote_center]Daniel Sturridge to score anytime at 6/5 with SkyBet[/quote_center]
Sturridge isn’t the only man capable of scoring for the Reds, though, and those away goals could well continue to rain at St James’ Park.
As an outside bet, we’re backing the Klopp bandwagon to roll on in style. Liverpool have showcased their ability to find the target for fun in recent matches, and we’re backing them to get another bucket load here.[quote_center]Liverpool to score over 3.5 goals @ 11/2 with SkyBet[/quote_center]