Premier League Betting: Liverpool v Newcastle - Fan v Fan Preview



Liverpool perspective: Antoine Zammit, Empire of the Kop.

Team news

Following the defeat to his former club Swansea in the Capital One Cup, Brendan Rodgers will make wholesale changes to the side that started the Wednesday game. I believe that the Gaffer will still give Oussama Assaidi another start while Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom, and Jonjo Shelvey will also get the nod. Steve Gerrard will captain the Reds on his 600th appearance for the club, while Pepe Reina might return to the starting eleven after missing the last three games due to a thigh injury. Glen Johnson is also expected to be fit after an injury forced him out of the second half of the derby last weekend. Fabio Borini, Martin Kelly and Lucas Leiva are the three long term injuries.

Form

Things seemed to be turning around for Liverpool, but the midweek defeat has put a dent in that progress. Now Brendan’s men have to show some character and bounce back. Liverpool’s defence hasn’t been as strong as it has been and the Reds need to step up and make Anfield a fortress again.

Head-to-head

Newcastle haven’t won at Anfield in 18 years. Last season Liverpool beat the Magpies 3-1 thanks to a Stevie G goal and a double from Craig Bellamy while Daniel Agger’s own goal provided some consolation for the Toon. The clubs have faced each other 163 times, Liverpool winning 78 times to Newcastle's 47.

Best bets

Under 2.5 goals at 1.94. With Reina back, I expect us to be a lot more solid on Sunday. A clean sheet would be nice.

Luis Suarez to score first at 5.00. The Uruguayan has been in lethal form of late, and should make the difference again here.

Jonjo Shelvey to score at 4.30. I fancy Shelvey to get his reward for some promising displays this term.

Score prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle (7.75)

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Newcastle perspective: Mark Jensen, The Mag.

Team news

Cheick Tiote is suspended and Alan Pardew anxiously waits on the fitness of Demba Ba. Other than those two, the manager has all of his frontline players available, although in recent matches Shola Ameobi and Mike Williamson have been preferred to usual automatic choices, Taylor and Cisse.
 
Form

We were so unlucky to only draw at Sunderland despite playing most of the match with ten men, while last week West Brom came to St James’ Park and didn’t deserve to lose. We lost two points thanks to a deflection off Ba and then gained two with one off Cisse’s backside. You couldn’t make it up.
 
Head-to-head

Going by past meetings at Anfield, it looks as though Newcastle would be better off staying at home and sending a note from their mam. We've suffered seven straight league defeats at the red half of Merseyside, and 1994 was the last occasion United came away with three points. We have to win sometime...
 
Best bets

Newcastle to win at 6.00. Swansea showed how indifferent the Reds are at the moment in midweek. I think we can add to Liverpool's woes.

Demba Ba to score first at 9.50. Considering Ba is the joint top Premier League scorer, this price must be great value.

Papiss Cisse to score at 4.00. On the other hand, Cisse has had a bit of a lean spell. After that freak goal against West Brom, though, I fancy him to go on a bit of a run.

Score prediction: Liverpool 0-1 Newcastle (16.00)

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