Kick-off: 1230, 24/04/2021
TV: BT Sport
Liverpool desperately need to boost their top-four prospects by seeing off Newcastle in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off.
The Magpies travel to Anfield buoyed by back-to-back wins which have significantly enhanced their survival hopes, but they do now have a tough run of fixtures.
We’re sticking with the Reds here and Evens for a home win to nil is our first Liverpool vs Newcastle prediction.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Unless the European Super League becomes an immediate reality, Liverpool face an uphill battle to get back into the Champions League next term.
The Reds looked set for a welcome fillip when leading for a long time at Leeds on Monday night following Sadio Mane’s first-half strike.
However, the Whites rallied late on, with Patrick Bamford hitting the bar before Diego Llorente headed in an 87th-minute equaliser.
Jurgen Klopp felt a draw was a fair result, stating on the club website: “We played a really good game in the first half, a really good game.
“But it’s an intense game to play against them, so we dropped deeper – it was not right but it happened – and they created, especially with set-pieces, big chances.
“We obviously didn’t have the tallest team, so we were in danger there and they scored the goal. When you are that long 1-0 up, it’s quite frustrating when you don’t get it over the line.”
Klopp’s side should be able to control proceedings here, though, while a rare break from midweek action may ease any fears of the fatigue factor.
Looking at the Liverpool vs Newcastle odds, we like 11/2 for a 2-0 home victory.
Last Liverpool line-up: Alisson, Kabak, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Milner, Jota, Firmino, Mane.
Defender Nat Phillips has not recovered from a hamstring injury. Midfielder Curtis Jones is back after a three-game absence with a muscle problem, while Klopp has allayed any fears over the fitness of forward Diogo Jota.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle looked in deep trouble heading into the international break but are now almost safe after rallying since the return to action.
After drawing 2-2 at home to Tottenham, the Magpies won 2-1 at Burnley and then edged out West Ham 3-2 on Tyneside.
An Issa Diop own goal and Joelinton’s strike put Steve Bruce’s side 2-0 up at the break, while the Hammers were down to 10 men.
Diop still managed to pull one back and Jesse Lingard levelled from the spot, but Joe Willock had the last word in a thrilling finale.
Bruce said: “I’m not going to take anything for granted – 35 points, in my opinion, is not enough, so you won’t get me jumping and hollering at the moment.
“But to get back-to-back wins and play the way we did, especially first half, I thought we were excellent in our work.”
The Magpies must now take on Liverpool, Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester City, though, before closing with easier tests against Sheffield United and Fulham.
Mohamed Salah has scored in the last three renewals of this fixture at Anfield and will be keen to give his Golden Boot bid a boost.
Let’s finish off our Liverpool vs Newcastle betting tips by taking 11/1 for him to net first in a 2-0 triumph.
Last Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Clark, Dummett, Fernandez, Shelvey, Ritchie, Murphy, Almiron, Longstaff, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin.
Allan Saint-Maximin will be fit after he limped off with an ankle problem, as is fellow frontman Callum Wilson, who has made two appearances as a substitute following his return from a long-term hamstring lay-off.
Fabian Schar, Karl Darlow, Isaac Hayden (all knee), Jamaal Lascelles (foot) and Ryan Fraser (groin) are all out.
Leeds 1-1 LIVERPOOL – Sadio Mane
NEWCASTLE 3-2 West Ham – Issa Diop (og), Joelinton, Joe Willock
Head-to-head: Newcastle 0-0 Liverpool, Newcastle 1-3 Liverpool, Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle, Newcastle 2-3 Liverpool, Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle
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