Saturday 4 May, kick-off 7.45pm
St James’ Park – Premier League
Saturday night football is back in this Premier League preview, as title-chasing Liverpool head to St James’s Park to play Newcastle United. Nothing but a win will do for Jurgen Klopp’s side, while the Magpies are battling for mid-table places.
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What’s the story with Newcastle vs Liverpool?
Is Newcastle vs Liverpool on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on Sky Sports.
What happened last time? Liverpool knocked out Newcastle with a 4-0 victory at Anfield on Boxing Day. Dejan Lovren landed an early blow, before Mohamed Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho all got themselves on the scoresheet.
What are the Newcastle vs Liverpool odds? Newcastle United are 9/1 in your Premier League predictions this weekend, while Liverpool are the 7/20 favourites. The draw’s 9/2 with bet365, who are offering up to £100 in free bets when you register here.
Remember that time…Liverpool won 6-0 at St James’ Park in April 2013? Daniel Agger put the Reds ahead inside the first few minutes, before Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge both hit braces. Fabio Borini was also on target for Brendan Rodgers’ side. A repeat of that result in this game is available at 90/1 with Betfair in your football score predictions.
Team news and form
Last six: DLLWWD
Record signing Miguel Almiron is out of these Newcastle v Liverpool predictions due to his season-ending hamstring injury. That’s a blow for the Magpies, who’ve improved up front since his arrival. Especially as in-form Ayoze Perez is a doubt for this game with a hip injury. Jamaal Lascelles should be okay following painful stomach cramps, while Sean Longstaff and Florian Lejeune are long-term absentees with knee injuries.
Last six: WWWWWW
Roberto Firmino is expected to be fit for this football prediction after pushing to be available against Barcelona. The same goes for the impressive Fabinho, who’s been excellent in his debut season at Anfield. Reds boss Klopp is hopeful that Adam Lallana will be fit to provide some cover from the bench. With Manchester City not in action until Monday, Liverpool will field their strongest available team, despite the rigours of their Champions League semi-final.
Newcastle vs Liverpool prediction, preview and betting tips
This is not a straightforward match for Liverpool. Newcastle United have been in strong form recently, especially at home. The Reds meanwhile have the small matter of a trip to Barcelona in midweek to contend with. Will their Champions League exertions have an impact on these football predictions, or will Klopp’s side claim yet another victory?
Liverpool have won their last seven Premier League matches, scoring at least twice in each of those fixtures. Newcastle are in great form at home though, winning six of their last seven at St James’ Park. One of those victories was against league leaders Man City, so the Magpies do have an upset in them.
The away team come into this Newcastle v Liverpool prediction on the back of a stunning run in the Premier League though. They’re unbeaten in 15 since their only defeat of the season away to Man City in January. They’ve won 11 of those fixtures, and each of their last 10 in all competitions prior to their trip to the Nou Camp on Wednesday night.
The Reds have drawn three of their last six away from home in the Premier League. Those games were at West Ham United, Manchester United and Everton. A draw is probably Newcastle’s best chance of an upset here, and it’s priced at 9/2. A low-scoring draw would be most likely, with the draw and under 2.5 goals 5/1 with Betway in your free football betting tips.
However, we’re backing the visitors to pick up the win they need in these Newcastle vs Liverpool betting tips. The Reds have been sensational this season, while Newcastle could be without two key men, Almiron and Perez. Liverpool meanwhile are on target to finish with 97 points. Even if that’s not enough to win the league, it’s still an incredible achievement. The question we’re looking to answer here is how Liverpool are going to win.
Former Reds boss Rafael Benitez would no doubt love to see his old team win the league. He won’t change his way of playing here though. Newcastle will be well organised and tough to break down. The 13th-placed Magpies have only conceded 45 goals in 36 games this season, the seventh-best defensive record in the Premier League.
Liverpool of course have the players to make the breakthrough, but this could be a similar game to City’s victory at Burnley on Sunday. Tight and tense could be the order of the day. With that in mind, under 2.5 goals is 5/4 with 888sport. You can add Liverpool to that bet as the winners for 5/2. The Reds have the best defence in the league, and are 23/20 with Betfred to win to nil. A nervy 1-0 Liverpool victory is priced at 13/2 with the same bookmaker.
Newcastle vs Liverpool first goalscorer predictions
Newcastle won’t be easy to play through, and Liverpool may need to rely on a set piece to break the deadlock. It would be typical of newly crowned PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk’s season if he’s the one to open the scoring. The Dutch defender is 20/1 with William Hill in the first goalscorer odds, and 15/2 with the same bookie anytime. Van Dijk is a whopping 100/1 to bag the game’s only goal. Sadio Mane meanwhile has been instrumental in the second half of Liverpool’s season. He has 20 Premier League goals and is 7/2 to net first on Saturday night. Those odds rise to 26/1 if you predict it’s the only goal of the game. That would leave Mane and Mohamed Salah level on goals heading into the day of the season.
Liverpool to win
Liverpool to win to nil
Virgil van Dijk to score first
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A Wolves fan born in Northern Ireland, Harry has been writing about football and the sports betting market for a number of years. When he’s not going to Molineux or discussing the latest football betting odds with Tom and Dick, you’ll probably find Harry out on the tennis courts – as long as the sun is shining, of course.