Newcastle could be forgiven for awaiting Liverpool with an adult portion of trepidation after their guests hit them for six without the help of chief goalhound Luis Suarez late last term.
However the Toon Army have a prolific protagonist of their own to toast and backing Loic Remy to start the scoring at 13/2 is all the more appealing with bwin refunding dud first scorer bets if the Uruguayan notches at any time.
Suarez has returned from the ban that ruled him out of the previous St James’ Park evisceration in typically bloodthirsty mood, hitting three goals in two starts.
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Remy has plundered five goals in his last three games for the Magpies.
The Frenchman showed flourishes of devastating finishing ability in a comatose QPR side last term and it’s been very much in evidence once again among more accomplished teammates in 2013/14.
Two of the aforementioned goalscoring expeditions saw him get the fun underway with a strike on or before the half-hour mark and his chances of registering first are further enhanced by his side’s spritely starts to games this season.
In their last seven outings in all competitions they’ve scored the first goal of the game on six occasions.
Newcastle have registered twice in five of their last seven competitive games.
The Toon Army have had plenty of reason to exercise their often shirtless torsos in recent matches thanks to the scoring exploits of Remy and his French chums.
Two away wins in four league games is another positive omen for the Magpies’ form coming into this clash, given they’ve already equalled their total league road wins from last term.
Back at a St James’ Park fortress where they won as many home games as any side beyond the top six last season after a two game sojourn suggests at least one Newcastle goal should be in the offing.
Brendan Rodgers’ visitors have conceded goals in four of their last five games in all competitions
Liverpool may be joint-top of the league having conceded just five times, but they are becoming slowly less parsimonious after keeping clean sheets in their first three games.
Struggling Sunderland and Crystal Palace have scored against them in their last two outings so there is little reason to suspect a clean sheet will spoil Remy’s party.