Newcastle welcome Liverpool to St James’ Park

Last updated: September 27, 2017 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 16:30pm
Venue: St James’ Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1
Home Team Form: LWWWL
Away Team Form: WWLDW
Last Meeting: Liverpool 2 – 2 Newcastle
Competition: Premier League

A match of slightly contrasting styles awaits us on Sunday afternoon. Liverpool’s famed gegenpressing style; quick, fast, and aggressive, comes up against the tempered approach of Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle. Liverpool sit higher in the league, but it’s likely the Magpies who will be the happier with things so far, as Liverpool have endured a frustrating period. Liverpool’s away form has been unconvincing so far, while Newcastle have lost just one match at home.

Newcastle can be more than satisfied with the opening six weeks of the Premier League. Three consecutive wins left them on nine points until a surprise loss last week against Brighton stopped their run. St Jame’s Park could become something of a fortress for Newcastle this season and it must do so, if they want to challenge for a strong finishing position, let alone try to stay in the league. The Magpies have lost just one at home and won the other two, conceding three goals and scoring five in the three home matches so far. This suggests a Newcastle side that are strong at home and could easily try to counter-attack what will surely be a very attacking Liverpool team.

Liverpool have endured a very frustrating last four weeks that has seen them draw their opening two Champions League matches, get thrashed by Manchester City, draw at home to Burnley, and manage just the one win, away at Leicester last weekend. With the exception of Manchester City, Liverpool have dominated all these games, but they must tighten up at the back and convert more of their chances. The good news is that both Coutinho and Mané are back. The little Brazilian is in red-hot form already and will be the one looking to orchestrate the Reds to a win here.

Team News

Chancel Mbemba is set for his third start in a row as Paul Dummet is still out with a hamstring injury.

Other than that, there are no new injury concerns for Newcastle. Although the defence is still a little stretched, with Dummet, Leejune, and Haidara still out.

Liverpool welcome back Sadio Mané after the Senegalese was out through suspension.

Dejan Lovren should make his second start since coming back from injury, as Liverpool look to strengthen their leaky defence.

Expected Line-Ups:

Newcastle (4-4-2): Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Hayden, Merino, Ritchie, Pérez, Atsu, Joselu
Subs: Murphy, Shelvey, Gayle, Diamé, Manquillo, Darlow, Gámez
Injured: Dummett, Haidara
Doubtful: Lejeune
Not available:
Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Henderson, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino, Mané
Subs: Karius, Milner, Sturridge, Klavan, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke, Wijnaldum
Injured: Clyne, Lallana
Not available:

So Far This Campaign

. . .
Newcastle So Far This Campaign Liverpool So Far This Campaign
10th League Position 5th
2 (1) Wins (away) 2 (1)
3-0 vs. West Ham Biggest Win 4-0 vs. Arsenal
0 (0) Draws (away) 1 (1)
0 – 2 vs Tottenham Biggest Defeat 0 – 5 vs Manchester City
Jamaal Lascelles (2) Top Goal Scorer Mohamed Salah (4)
Y13, R1 Discipline Y12, R1
3 Failures to Score 1
2 Clean Sheets 2
16% Both Teams to Score Games 50%
33% Over 2.5 Goals 66%
66% Under 2.5 Goals 33%
  • The Magpies haven’t drawn a game yet this season. Their lack of quality up-front means that their top-scorer is a defender. Against a high-scoring Liverpool team, they can’t expect to just play for the draw here.
  • Liverpool’s quality in attack – and sloppiness at the back – mean their games are often high-scoring. Two-thirds of their league games so far have had over 2.5 goals, while both teams have scored in half of them.
  • Newcastle have been solid at the back so far. Their biggest loss was only by two goals and they’ve had two clean sheets so far this season.
  • Mohamed Salah is Liverpool’s top scorer, but his attack partners, Firmino and Mané, have two and three goals respectively.

Head to Head

Last Five Competitive Meetings Between The Sides
Date Game Result Round First Goal-scorer
23/04/2016 Liverpool 2 – 2 Newcastle Premier League Sturridge 2′
06/12/2015 Newcastle 2 – 0 Liverpool Premier League Škrtel OG 69′
13/04/2015 Liverpool 2 – 0 Newcastle Premier League Sterling 9′
01/11/2014 Newcastle 1 – 0 Liverpool Premier League Pérez 73′
11/05/2014 Liverpool 2 – 1 Newcastle Premier League Škrtel OG 20′

Conclusion & Betting Tips

This isn’t an easy one to call. Liverpool are prolific scorers, but their defence is leaky. Newcastle on the other hand haven’t scored many this season, but then they haven’t conceded many either.

Liverpool’s aggressive style will mean that Newcastle are unlikely to get any success from sitting back. We fully expect Liverpool to score, so Newcastle will have to do so also if they want to take anything from this match. For that reason, we see goals, and will be going with over 2.5 goals in the game. You can get this bet at Paddy Power for around 8/11.