Champions League challengers Newcastle and Liverpool clash this weekend and for the home side it’s another test of their credentials after facing Manchester City last weekend, only to go down to a 1-0 defeat.
Newcastle will rue some of the excellent chances they created against the treble winners, but weren’t able to convert them into goals. Izak and Wilson both worked themselves into good positions to be able to get on the scoresheet last weekend, but the Man City defence managed to thwart them.
On the opening weekend of the Premier League season Newcastle were the big winners with a 5-1 hammering of Aston Villa with some classy finishing and executed goals. Although Aston Villa lost captain Tyrone Mings to injury during the game, the Magpies demonstrated they are a force to be reckoned with as Izak, Wilson, plus new signings Tonali and Barnes got on the scoresheet.
The Toon will be rocking on Sunday and the noisy crowd will once again get right behind their side to push them onto victory. Eddie Howe will make sure his team are on the ball from the opening minute to dominate and put pressure on Liverpool.
Liverpool for their part had a tough opening fixture away at Chelsea and had to weather a tough 2nd half as Chelsea put a lot of pressure on their goal, but the Reds came away with a 1-1 draw as their new midfield got used to playing together.
Jota, Diez and Salah make up a tough front three to play against and Liverpool will be banking on them putting the Newcastle defence under pressure and aiming to ensure that Trippier and Burn aren’t allowed to get forward as much as they would like.
After getting his red card rescinded, Alexis Mac Allister is allowed to play this weekend and that is massive for Klopps men. With Roberton and Alexander-Arnold also looking to get forward it will be good to watch who gets the better of the flanks and enjoys the most overloads.
Both sides look evenly matched, but for Newcastle, they will be looking to ensure it’s not another defeat and will be looking to bounce back from last week’s defeat. For Liverpool, they know they have to improve from their opening day away game at Chelsea.
|Newcastle to win||23/20 Betfair|
|Liverpool to win||2/1 Bet365|
Newcastle versus Liverpool usually doesn’t disappoint and this match should be no different. Newcastle will be on the front foot from the first whistle and the passionate crowd will be supporting them throughout.
Liverpool will know they are in for a tough game as Newcastle finished above them last season and for Klopp’s men to get back into a Champions League position, they will have to perform better in games like these.
Our punters.pub bet of the day is Newcastle versus Liverpool to be a draw at 3/1 with BetUK as we can’t split these sides in what may actually play out to be a cagey game with no one looking to lose.