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Liverpool are out to put a week of self-inflicted turmoil behind them as they take a deep breath and go again against Newcastle in the English Premier League.
The Reds were among the self-proclaimed ‘big six’ of the EPL that announced their breakaway to form a European Super League before capitulating in the face of universal scorn.
Boss Jurgen Klopp has been landed in an unenviable position thanks to the backlash and must now cobble some goodwill back together as his side push for a top four finish at the end of an awkward season.
The Reds come into the weekend sixth in the Premier League table off the back of three wins and a draw on the domestic front.
Wolves, Arsenal and Aston Villa were all put to bed before Leeds held Klopp’s men to a Monday night draw at Elland Road, in a spikey contest after the Super League revelations.
As the scramble for places gets ever tighter, the outgoing champions could climb as high as third with three points, if results involving Leicester, Chelsea and West Ham go their way.
They’ll be attempting to do it, as ever, without long-term defensive casualties Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, with captain Jordan Henderson also on the sidelines.
Mohamed Salah looks set to return after dropping to the bench in Yorkshire, while rookies Nathaniel Phillips and Curtis Jones look to be doubtful.
Newcastle have done just what they needed to in their battle to stave off relegation, scooping up seven points out of a possible nine since the international break.
A draw with Tottenham at St James’ Park was a decent start for under-siege boss Steve Bruce, before back-to-back successes against drop rivals Burnley and high-flying West Ham propelled the Magpies away from danger.
The Tynesiders suddenly sit eight points clear of Fulham in 18th, having flirted with the dotted line and a return to the Championship yet again just weeks ago.
They also have injury concerns with Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson both racing against time to be fit up front.
Fabian Schar, Isaac Hayden, Jamal Lascelles and Ryan Fraser are all ruled out by injury for the visit to Merseyside.
Liverpool vs Newcastle: By the numbers
- Coming into this game, Liverpool has picked up 10 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 2 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in just 2 of those games. Liverpool has scored 7 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Momentum is really building for Liverpool as they have now gone 4 games without losing. They have won 3 of the last 5 games they have played.
- Liverpool will be looking to keep up the momentum today against Newcastle United, having lost just 1 game from the last 5. They have won 3 and drawn 1
- Just 2 of the last 5 games for Liverpool has ended with both teams scoring. They have won 3 of those 5 games. Overall, BTTS has landed in 17/32 games for Liverpool this season.
- It’s likely that Liverpool will score today, as they have netted in the last 4 games coming into this one and have scored 7 goals in the last five games.
- Coming into this game, Newcastle United has picked up 8 points from the last 5 games, both home and away. That’s 1.6 points per game on average. BTTS has landed in an intriguing 4 of those games. Newcastle United has scored 8 times in the last 5 fixtures.
- Newcastle United has put together a good run of form and has now gone 3 games without defeat.
- It’s possible we will see a couple of goals here, with the last 5 games for Newcastle United ending with 2 goals or more being scored.
- Newcastle United will be looking to keep up the momentum today against Liverpool, having lost just 1 game from the last 5. They have won 2 and drawn 2
- In the last 5 matches for Newcastle United, 4 of those games has ended with both teams scoring. This season 18 matches (56% of all matches) involving Newcastle United has seen BTTS landing.
Liverpool vs Newcastle: Prediction
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing.
Liverpool vs Newcastle: EPL starting XI prediction
Probable Liverpool Starting XI: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Ozan Kabak, Andy Robertson, Thiago, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
Probable Newcastle Starting XI: Martin Dubravka, Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Jacob Murphy, Miguel Almiron, Jonjo Shelvey, Sean Longstaff, Matt Ritchie, Joelinton, Callum Wilson.