Newcastle vs Liverpool
English Premier League, Season 2017/18
Date: Sunday, 1st October 2017
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: St. James Park (Newcastle).
The Reds won in their last Premier League outing, seeing off Leicester City 3-2 in nervy fashion at the King Power Stadium.
It hasn’t taken long for the negativity to return, however, with Tuesday’s deeply frustrating 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow showcasing yet more individual errors and poor finishing.
It is quite astonishing how often Liverpool are being let down by those aspects of their play, and it must stop if this season is to be a successful one.
Jurgen Klopp should see Sunday’s trip to Newcastle as a good chance to earn back-to-back away league victories, though, with key men available and very few injury concerns.
St James’ Park hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Reds in recent times, following just one victory there in five—they have lost the last two—but there is no reason why three points cannot be added to the tally this weekend.
Benitez was such a popular figure during his successful spell at Anfield between 2004 and 2010—it will come as no surprise that his Magpies side will be well-disciplined and looking to counter-attack all afternoon.
Having drifted five points behind leaders Man City and Man United, Liverpool cannot afford their current level of inconsistency to continue, and a winning run has to start sooner rather than later.
Being confident about Klopp’s men seeing off Newcastle feels slightly reckless, but if they don’t add three points to their tally, it has to be considered a disappointing result.
Newcastle vs Liverpool: Head-to-head
Newcastle are unbeaten in their last three home matches versus Liverpool, with wins with clean sheets in the latest two.
Moreover, the Magpies lost just once to Reds in their last six Premier League home matches with a commendable 4 wins in their bag.
Newcastle vs Liverpool: Predictions
Newcastle had troubled Liverpool at the St. James Park in recent seasons. With the Reds struggling to stay firm at the back in road games this term, an open game is on the cards. It will be worth to note that the team managed by Jurgen Klopp conceded in six away matches in all competitions this season.
Yet, I doubt if either team have what it takes to go on and win it at the final whistle. Therefore, goal markets offer the better options for this match with both teams to score as the primary pick.