Newcastle vs. Liverpool / Premier League – Two teams from the upper half of Premiership table will meet in last Sunday’s match of the seventh round. Ninth-placed Newcastle has at the moment two points fewer than fifth-positioned Liverpool. The Magpies can boast with fact that have two consecutive wins over the Reds at home, and on top of it they were victorious in last two home matches played in the Premier League. Begins: 01.10.2017 – 17:30 CET
Of course that recent statistic gives a dose of optimism to the home team ahead of Sunday’s match, especially as coach Benitez will be quite surely motivated to defeat his former club. Besides, we have said in the introduction that Newcastle won last two home matches against West Ham and Stoke, while in between the two matches they won Swansea away. Those nine points were good enough for the very good ninth place in the table.
On the other hand, Newcastle lost remaining three matches. Two were lost at the very start of new season, while the third defeat was suffered last weekend in Brighton. The Magpies were eliminated from the League Cup near the end of August, but in the meantime old fox Benitez has obviously managed to put things in their place and certainly they are not without chances now against Liverpool. Let’s add that due to injuries still out of action are only defenders Lejeune, Dummett and Haidar.
Probable lineups Newcastle: Elliot – Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba – Hayden, Merino – Ritchie, Perez, Atsu – Joselu
This league match with Newcastle comes for the guests from Liverpool after draw with Spartak Moscow 1-1 last week. It was second round of Champions League, while in the last Premier League match Liverpool won a valuable away victory over Leicester 3-2. In that way the Reds revenged to the Foxes for recent elimination from the League Cup and at the same time they ended not so good winless streak of two defeats and two draws.
In that period Liverpool lost by even 5-0 to Manchester City away, while at home it drew with Burnley, just like it did with Sevilla in the Champions League three days ago. We have stressed that mini-crisis was quickly forgotten and the Reds are fully focused on this match with Newcastle, which can launch them toward the top of Premiership if they win. Regarding absences, on the injured list are from before defender Clyne, midfielder Lallana and forward Ings.
Probable lineups Liverpool: Mignolet – Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Robertson – Can, Henderson – Salah, Coutinho, Mane – Firmino
Newcastle – Liverpool PICK
We have said at the beginning of our analysis that Newcastle won last two home matches with Liverpool, and they continued to play well home matches this season, which is why we have opted here for a pick with goals on both sides.
Pick: both teams to score
Odds: 1.68 at sekabet (down to 1.63 can be played)