Having had their hopes of a second consecutive Champions League qualification drastically dashed with defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal, Liverpool will rekindle the spirits of their supporters with three easily procured points against Newcastle.
The hapless Magpies and their blunted beaks have no chance of pecking out as much as a draw at Anfield, let alone victory, as we’ve identified in an article that can be read by clicking here.
With no goals in four of six away games and a dreadful record on the red half of Merseyside, a big win for Brendan Rodgers’ men is the only way to bet on this one.
But which Liverpool stars will use this match as an opportunity to augment their seasonal tallies?
The bookies in black and gold, bwin.com, are offering punters double winnings on all accurate first goalscorer wagers on this match, meaning if your selection bags first, then does it again later in the piece, punters will get paid out twice.
Given the strenuous work out the Reds are readying for their scoreboard operator, this could prove a profitable night for bwin patrons so it makes sense to side with one of their legion of wingers to do the business.
Those who are typically stationed on the flanks have scored eight in seven in home games against Newcastle.
Dutch workhorse Dirk Kuyt, who spent the bulk of his Liverpool stint on the right wing, scored three of these, while Craig Bellamy, another converted forward, got two.
This track record points to misbehaving Reds ace Raheem Sterling getting on the good side of disgruntled Kopites tonight.
The Jamaica-born speedster’s versatility has seen him play on both wings, up front, behind the strikers and at wing-back throughout his short career so far.
With Daniel Sturridge sure to lead the line against Newcastle, Sterling will be stationed out wide and with several holding the opinion his best position is central, he fits into the bracket of previous Toon tormentors Kuyt and Bellamy.
It’s not just positional pointers that make a punt on the 20-year-old worth the trouble; he’s also Liverpool’s joint-top Premier League goalscorer with six.
Of these, four have been the deadlock breaker.
All of this equates to the 9/5 about him notching at any time well worth a dabble, while there’s every chance he lands the 5/1 for him to score first.
Should he do that, then notch again, a second dollop of this 5/1 payday will be coming the way of those to take a punt on the unpopular England ace scoring first.