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The standout fixture in the next batch of Premier League games takes place on Sunday as Newcastle entertain Liverpool.
These two sides have served up some absolute thrillers in years gone by but this rivalry has been a little one-sided recently. Liverpool did the double over the Magpies last season and Newcastle haven’t managed a win over the Anfield outfit since December 2015, losing nine of the 13 meetings since.
That may all change on Sunday as Eddie Howe’s men are rated as the favourites to claim all three points, and we’ve asked our team of experts for their best bets ahead of the final fixture on Sunday.
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Newcastle can triumph in high-scoring affair
The sight of bookmakers chalking up Newcastle at around evens to beat Liverpool would have been unthinkable just a few seasons ago, but it indicates just how much progress the Magpies have been making under Eddie Howe.
The Reds were one of only two visiting teams to win at St James’ Park last season but they could be in for a difficult time as the home side proved they are a force this season with an impressive 5-1 win over Aston Villa in their opener and a strong showing against Manchester City on Saturday.
They have scored at least twice in six of their last eight league home games and there is scope for this one to be a cracker too.
While Liverpool are unbeaten in their last six on the road, none of those games were against sides who finished in the top-half last season and they could be overrun.
There were some cracking games between these two in the 1990s and this could be another one, which is a Newcastle victory with over 2.5 goals.
Newcastle have made a solid start to the new Premier League season and are rightfully favourites to beat Liverpool at St James’ Park on Sunday.
In their first home game of the season, the Magpies cruised to a 5-1 win over Unai Emery’s Aston Villa, managing 13 shots on target against a side who finished seventh in the standings last season.
Their pace and energy in the final third made Villa look mediocre and Eddie Howe’s side were also hardly disgraced in their 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday.
The warning signs have been there for Liverpool, who opened with a draw against subpar Chelsea before having to come from behind to beat Bournemouth 3-1 at Anfield last time out.
Their rearguard looks vulnerable right now and could struggle to tame Newcastle’s front line, so I’d go for a home win and over 2.5 goals.
Goals on the agenda at St James’ Park
This tie looks like it could be another barnstormer between the two teams, and over 3.5 goals appeals for the clash at St James’ Park. Newcastle ran riot against Aston Villa in a 5-1 success and were only beaten by a single goal against Manchester City.
Liverpool racked up the goals as they comfortably beat Bournemouth 3-1, but they looked shaky at the back, and Eddie Howe’s Newcastle now have the firepower to expose their weaknesses. Either side can win this tie, but it seems like it could be a thriller, considering both teams’ early performances.
Newcastle shouldn’t be too deflated by their 1-0 defeat at Manchester City and their forwards will be encouraged by the chances offered up by Liverpool’s defence in their 1-1 draw at Chelsea and 3-1 home win over Bournemouth.
The Reds did the double over the Magpies last season but I like the look of a 2-2 correct score at St James’ Park.
There should be goals as Liverpool scored 16 times in their last five away Premier League matches and four of Newcastle’s last six at home have featured over 3.5 goals, including their 5-1 opening-weekend victory over Aston Villa.
More betting tips for Newcastle vs Liverpool
I’d probably look towards the player bets here when those odds are released as I’m leaning towards a Newcastle win but the price on a home victory does look a little short.
Alexander Isak could be the best scorer option after his double against Aston Villa, managing three shots in total and all of those on target in that game. The Swede is ahead of Callum Wilson in the pecking order and doesn’t look like relinquishing that spot anytime soon, and after struggling to get into the game at Man City he should be raring to go when Liverpool visit.
The draw looks a big runner to me. No team had more stalemates last season than Newcastle’s 14 and their solidity defensively means they can avoid defeat.
However, this is still a Liverpool team with high-class players and the Magpies look short enough for win purposes given they have not won any of the last 13 matches between these two sides.
If the scores are level near the end of the game, both teams might settle for a point given that there will be easier tasks for them down the road.
Goals are likely to feature in any early thinking but I think Liverpool’s price is well worth considering. The Reds’ disappointing away form played a massive part in their failure to finish in the top four behind Newcastle, who were fantastic at St James’ Park.
And yet the Reds, who have the attacking threats to cause any side problems despite their defensive issues, still won in Newcastle.
The Magpies simply don’t beat the Reds, who have won nine of the last 11 meetings and are unbeaten in 13. This is probably as big a price as there is going to be on a Liverpool away win, barring a trip to the Etihad, and is too big to ignore.
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