Newcastle v Liverpool Betting Tips
This season is the 25th since English football was changed for ever by the introduction of the Premier League (or Premiership as it was back then). In the time that’s past we’ve seen all sorts of classic battles as certain fixtures have developed a legend of their own.
Newcastle versus Liverpool is one such fixture. These two huge clubs were once both genuine Premier League title contenders and since 1992 have been involved in some stunning matches, including back to back 4-3 Liverpool wins at Anfield.
Can Klopp’s Entertainers Break Through Benitez’s Organisation?
The early season form of Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah provided Klopp with a selection headache. Namely, what’s the best way of fitting Philippe Coutinho into the mix?
Klopp decided to play all three of his attacking midfield stars in behind Roberto Firmino in midweek against Spartak Moscow but they only really clicked in fits and spurt as Liverpool left Russia with a disappointing 1-1 draw.
The comparable strengths of the two teams suggested that Liverpool should cruise to victory in Moscow but it’s not the first time that Klopp’s side have struggled to break teams down.
It took them a mistake late on to beat Crystal Palace, they could not find the back of the net in the Carabao Cup against Leicester and they drew 1-1 at home to Burnley. Those results won’t fill Liverpool fans with confidence ahead of a meeting with their former manager, Rafa Benitez.
At times this summer it appeared Benitez was at war with the Newcastle board but to his immense credit he’s been able to put that to one side and concentrate on his duties with the first team.
The Newcastle squad has little of the talent of Liverpool’s but Benitez’s tactical and organisational work has them playing above themselves.
Liverpool may be the heavy favourites but this could be another game in which they struggle. So, we recommend betting on the Newcastle/draw double chance which is 5/4 with Bet365.
Goals for Both Sides a Necessity to Avoid Defeat
While Benitez will give his team specific tactics to stop Liverpool, sometimes there is nothing you can do when it comes down to the quality of individual players.
Is it possible for Newcastle to come up with an answer should Coutinho strikes a perfect free-kick or Mané and Salah utilise their frightening pace? Probably not.
On the flip side, will Liverpool have improved their defending from set-pieces to avoid Newcastle scoring a goal straight from the training ground? Probably not.
So, make sure to bet on both teams to score which is 4/6 with Ladbrokes. It may also pay to back the 1-1 score line that has already hurt Liverpool this season at 7/1 with William Hill.
Much Maligned Joselu Can Win Back the Geordie Faithful
One of the big problems that Newcastle have is a lack of goalscoring talent in their ranks. For various reasons, Benitez is unable to rely on either Dwight Gayle or Aleksandar Mitrovic to perform regularly and that’s why he’s turned to new signing, Joselu.
The Spaniard hardly set the world alight at Stoke but if you talk to players who were at the Potters at the same time, they’ll tell you that he was the best finisher at the club. It appears that a lack of confidence is all that’s stopping Joselu from becoming the regular goalscorer that Newcastle need so badly.
He may have missed some sitters in recent weeks but Joselu remains the player most likely to score for Newcastle so back him to be the home side’s first scorer at 5/2 with Sky Bet.