Liverpool get the Premier League campaign back underway against Newcastle United. Jurgen Klopp’s men are 21/10 (3.10) second-favorites to win the division, behind reigning champions Manchester City.
Steve Bruce endured a rocky start as Magpies boss, but four points from as many games isn’t a bad return. Tipped for a relegation struggle, a 1-0 win over Tottenham is undoubtedly the highlight so far.
Things don’t get any easier for the visitors though, their next five matches include clashes with Manchester United and Chelsea following the trip to Anfield. Newcastle haven't won at this ground since 1995.
Liverpool vs Newcastle United – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Kick-Off Time: 12:30 BST
Referee in Charge: Andre Marriner
TV Channel / Live Stream: The first Premier League game of the weekend will be live on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate. Coverage gets underway at 12noon.
Liverpool vs Newcastle United – The Form Guide
Four straight wins have seen Liverpool open up a two-point advantage at the top of the table. It’s way too early in the season to read too much into that, but Klopp could barely have asked for a better start. The trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane continue to look lethal going forward, helping their side to 12 league goals so far.
Newcastle lost back-to-back games to open the season. Since then though, a hard-fought win over Spurs and a 1-1 draw with Watford have seen them get up and running. Magpies fans didn’t enjoy trips to the Premier League elite last season. The visitors lost all every away game to the teams who finished sixth or better in the 2018-19 campaign. Those results included a 4-0 defeat in this fixture.
What is the Team News?
Alisson and Nathaniel Clyne are still side-lined for Liverpool. Naby Keita is nearing a return to fitness. The midfielder could be ready for the midweek clash with Napoli but this game will be too soon for his return according to Klopp.
This is a quick turnaround after the international break, especially for those involved for their countries on Tuesday night. They include Firmino and Fabinho who played in Brazil’s 1-0 defeat to Peru in Los Angeles. Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold both completed 90 minutes against Kosovo at St Mary’s too.
DeAndre Yedlin and Dwight Gayle could be involved for Newcastle. Bruce’s side are still without several players including Matt Ritchie, Florian Lejeune and summer signing Andy Carroll. Ritchie is back in training though, while Carroll is edging closer to a return to action after seeing a specialist.
Sean Longstaff suffered an ankle injury in training and won't be available for this game. The Newcastle boss was unable to confirm how long the 21-year-old would be out of action for.
Miguel Almiron scored in a 4-2 win for Paraguay over Jordan on Tuesday. The Paraguayan international is another player facing a short turnaround time in order to be ready for this early-kick off.
Liverpool Predicted line-up: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Origi, Mane.
Newcastle Predicted line-up: Dubravka, Willems, Dummett, Lascelles, Schar, Krafth; Atsu, Shelvey, Hayden, Almiron; Joelinton
Liverpool vs Newcastle Latest Odds
888Sport make Liverpool just 2/15 (1.13) favourites to continue their winning streak. Newcastle are 19/1 (20.0) to repeat their shock victory against Spurs while the draw is 8/1 (9.0).
Both league games at Anfield this season have seen at least four goals. A repeat here is Even money (2.0) although there's a better option available for bettors.
Liverpool vs Newcastle Score Prediction
With Salah and Mane not involved for their countries, the hosts should have too much firepower for Newcastle to handle. The Magpies could make their mark though, as Liverpool have been unconvincing at the back in recent outings. As such, a 3-1 home win at 19/2 (10.50) is worth a small interest.
Liverpool vs Newcastle Betting Tip
Liverpool remain the only team in England’s top four divisions with a perfect record so far this season. It hasn’t been plain sailing for the Reds though. Including the Uefa Super Cup win over Chelsea in Turkey, Jurgen Klopp’s side have only kept one clean sheet in five competitive matches.
The continued absence of Alisson in goal makes Liverpool more vulnerable. Their wins this season have come despite suspect defensive performances, unlike last season where the backline was impeccable.
While Newcastle aren’t the most prolific team, the early kick-off could be a good time for the Magpies to visit Anfield. Several Reds players were involved for their countries midweek so the visitors could be a little fresher than their opponents. With that in mind, 13/10 (2.30) looks too big on both teams scoring.
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