Newcastle United v Liverpool Betting Tips & Predictions - Sunday 17th May 2020

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Liverpool will seek to maintain their perfect start to their Premier League season this weekend as they take on Newcastle in Saturday’s early kick-off. On paper it is a game that should see the Reds secure a comfortable three points but Newcastle have already delivered one shock this season, a 1-0 away win over Spurs last month.

It has been very much a mixed-bag of a start for Steve Bruce at his boyhood club, which sees Newcastle sitting in 14th place ahead of this clash. Still one of the relegation favourites, this is not the sort of game which will have any real impact on the Magpies’ fate this year. Any points they can steal would be a giant bonus though and would also help ease some of the pressure on a still largely unpopular Bruce.

Top Tips

Liverpool to win -2 goals @ 11/10

Liverpool to win to nil @ 4/5

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Liverpool News: Alisson making steady progress

Paisley Gateway at Anfield Stadium
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There remains no time scale for Alisson’s return but the club were able to announce that the 26 year old is making ‘steady progress’ as he seeks to overcome a calf injury. Goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has been pleased with what he has seen during training on the pitch but admitted it was too difficult to say when the Brazilian might be ready for a first team comeback. He stands as just one of just three Liverpool players currently receiving treatment, the remaining pair being Nathaniel Clyne and Naby Keita.

Newcastle United News: Bruce wowed by Ritchie’s resilience

Tunnel at Newcastle United's Sta James' Paek

After finding himself on the receiving end of a brutal challenge from Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury, Matt Ritchie looked set to face a lengthy spell on the side lines. The 30 year old wound up with three deep cuts on his ankle and ligament damage underneath so club medical staff subsequently ruled him out for two months. To the amazement of Bruce however, the Scotsman is already back running on the training pitch and could be back in just half the time initially expected.

Almiron gets off the mark

It has been a long time coming for Miguel Almiron but on his 23rd international appearance, the 25 year old netted his first goal for Paraguay. His header, which came just six minutes after coming on, levelled the scores against Jordan and inspired a 4-2 comeback victory. It is the first goal Newcastle’s former record signing has scored in 10 months so what a confidence boost it will be for him as he seeks to get off the mark in Tyneside.

Analysis: Magpies facing much harder top six clash

Considering Newcastle beat Tottenham 1-0 and only lost to Arsenal by the same score, you might think they could put up something of a decent fight here. You do have to remember though that they played a barely half-strength Gunners side while Tottenham have been in poor domestic form since late February. Liverpool represent a massive step up from these two previous tests as Newcastle are likely to find out on Saturday.

Newcastle no match for the Reds

Liverpool endured a scare away at Southampton during their second league match of the season but otherwise they have looked almost as formidable as last year. The attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have been linking up so smoothly, bar one incident at Burnley, their connection often telepathic at this point. Between them they’ve registered seven league goals and will almost certainly boost this tally on Saturday. The Magpies defended their 18 yard box so well against Tottenham but the same approach won’t work against a much more incisive Reds who look set for a -2 goal handicap win at odds of 11/10.

Adrian in for a quiet afternoon

Jurgen Klopp began the season tinkering with his defensive approach but the tactical shift didn’t have the desired impact. A once watertight Liverpool defence suddenly did not seem quite as robust, with their expected goals against numbers shooting up. They looked far more like their old selves against Burnley though with Adrian only forced into action on two occasions.

With Anfield also acting as a reassuring presence, Newcastle are unlikely to spend much time in the opposition area. Joelinton regularly cuts a heavily isolated figure upfront, a big reason why the Magpies have only netted three times this season. Without the necessary midfield support, a home win to nil (4/5) makes for a tempting bet.

Liverpool to exploit Ritchie absence

Winger turned fullback Matt Ritchie is one player you can usually count on to put in a solid defensive shift. Tireless in his efforts, the Scots absence is one that will be missed in a match as tough as this one. Jetro Willems will likely again deputise but marking Salah is a huge ask for someone who was a reserve player for Eintracht Frankfurt last season. The Egyptian has been able to get the better of fullbacks who have been much more solid than the Dutchman, so his odds of 8/15 to score anytime don’t seem at all unfair.

Recent Matches

Newcastle last managed a draw at Anfield in 2016 but you have to go much further back in time to find their last league win in Merseyside. A long scroll down the archives shows us that their last triumph here came in 1994, with Rob Lee and Andy Cole getting the goals in a 2-0 win.

4th May 2019: Newcastle United 2 – 3 Liverpool

Divock Origi proved the unlikely hero here as he towered above the Newcastle defence to head in a vitally important winner. The Belgian’s third league goal of the season settled what had been a thoroughly entertaining and topsy-turvy contest at St James’ Park. Twice the Reds had taken the lead but on both occasions Newcastle pegged them back, first through Christian Atsu and then Salomon Rondon. There would be no third equaliser though with Liverpool’s 86th minute goal ensuring the title race would definitely go down to the very last day.

26th December 2018: Liverpool 4 – 0 Newcastle United

A Boxing Day win for Liverpool sent them six points clear at the top of the Premier League table. Fortunate not to have been punished for a sluggish start as Joselu wasted a big chance, the Reds then quickly got their act together. A surprisingly exquisite Dejan Lovren half volley opened the scoring and the points looked to be safe when Mohamed Salah converted a 47th minute penalty. The hosts continued to look the most threatening side and an additional two late goals helped reflect their dominance in this one-sided contest.

3rd March 2018: Liverpool 2 – 0 Newcastle United

A resiliant Newcastle finally caved to the home side's efforts 5 minutes before the break when Mohamed Salah continued his incredible scoring record assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain bursting forward from midfield. Newcastle could've drawn level just before half time but a curing effort struck from outside the box from Mohamed Diame was palmed behind by Loris Karius. Liverpool's second came from the right boot of Sadio Mane after his run was found by a neat Roberto Firmino through ball.

1st October 2017: Newcastle United 1 – 1 Liverpool

Liverpool could only take one point away from the north-east having dominated possesion at St James' Park. Philippe Coutinho put the visitors ahead with a wonderful strike past an outstretched Rob Elliot after cutting in from the left flank. Liverpool's defensive issues were highlight for the equaliser when Joselu broke through the ranks chased by Joel Matip. The centre back's sliding tackle could only deflect the ball of the shin of the Newcastle striker beyond Simon Mignolet inside the right post.

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