Saturday 14 September: 12.30pm KO
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After running Manchester City close last season and winning the Champions League, the pressure was on Liverpool in August. Could they repeat the heroics of 2018/19 and possibly win the Premier League? Four games in, Liverpool have a 100 percent record. A win over Newcastle United will take them five points clear at the top, if only for a few hours.
Liverpool came into the new season having failed to make any significant signings during the summer.That caused some concern among their fans, especially with a crowded fixture list ahead. That was emphasized by a busy start to the season.
The Reds made a confident start to the season though. They only lost to Manchester City on penalties in the Community Shield. Their league season began with a four-goal first half blitz of Norwich City, Then another penalty shoot-out took place as they beat Chelsea in the European Super Cup.
You can get odds of 12/5 (3.4) on Liverpool winning the Premier League this season. Liverpool can but try to win as many games as they possibly can. That’s what they did last season but Manchester City just did the same.
Liverpool have won all of their Premier League games this season. After beating Norwich, they won away at Southampton 2-1. A key home game against Arsenal was won 3-1 and a straightforward 3-0 win at Burnley followed before the international break. Now they host Newcastle looking for the win that will take them five points clear at the top of the table. It’s 1/7 (1.14) at BoyleSports that Liverpool can get three points from this game.
Their home record continues to be excellent. Liverpool have gone 42 Premier League home games without defeat. Such is the nature of the fortress they call Anfield, Liverpool have won 16 of their last 17 home league matches. All but one of those games have seen them score at least twice in the game. The odds of Liverpool scoring at least twice against Newcastle United are 1/5 (1.2) at SkyBet.
Newcastle United have made a steady start to the new season. Their fans weren’t that thrilled, ok they were mainly miserable, at the appointment of Steve Bruce as their new boss. That ill-feeling escalated as United began the season with a 1-0 home loss to Arsenal and a 3-1 loss at Norwich City.
Fears of another season of doom and gloom were high. Then they went to Tottenham and won 1-0 but Newcastle were unable to build on that good win. Their fourth league match of the season (they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup in midweek) saw them host bottom-of-the-table Watford. United went a goal down after just two minutes but rescued a point. Another draw against Liverpool has odds of 8/1 (9.0) at Betfair.
United are 14th in the Premier League, a point above the bottom three. If you think Newcastle will be relegated this season, the odds are 6/4 (2.5) at Betway. One problem they have to solve is scoring goals. Just three in four league games (one less than Liverpool scored in the first 45 minutes of their season). Only twice in their last 15 away league games have they scored more than once. Those were at Fulham and Bournemouth, neither renowned for their defensive skills.
Newcastle are beginning a tough set of fixtures. Five of their next six games are against sides who finished in the top nine last season. Can they kick this run off with a win at Anfield? Newcastle are 22/1 (23.0) at Ladbrokes on winning this match.
Newcastle have gone five league games without a win against Liverpool. The last three have all been lost with Liverpool scoring nine goals. United have only scored on one of their last four visits to Anfield. The odds on them getting a goal on Saturday are 11/10 (2.1) at Betfred. Their last league win at Anfield was in 1994.]
Liverpool remain without Alisson in goal but Adrian has proved to be a good stand-in. Naby Keita may be on the bench after recovering from injury. Newcastle have both Matt Ritchie and Allan Saint-Maximin injured. Andy Carroll is still unavailable (that’s been written a few times) so won’t be playing against his former club.
Liverpool have a golden chance to make it five wins out of five. They have turned Anfield into a fortress and a bet on them winning this game with over 2.5 goals has odds of 8/15 (1.52) at Coral.