These two teams have played out some classics down the years, however one expects the returning Rafa Benitez and Newcastle will be nibbling on scraps during this Boxing Day feast of football. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game and don’t forget to take advantage of our enhanced markets available for the Boxing Day schedule.
Anfield Becoming A Fortress
Liverpool continue to impress us at Anfield in both the League and in Europe. They’ve won 26 of 36 unbeaten outings in front of the Kop since the start of last season as Jurgen Klopp has built a seriously imposing squad.
Their defence has taken a serious turn for the good, which has largely been down to the inclusion of Virgil van Dijk in January as they’ve kept their opposition out in 11 of the 15 home league games since he joined, including six of eight this term.
Indeed, one of the two goals they’ve conceded in the league here this season was through a blunder by Allison in their demolition of Man Utd last weekend, while the other came way back in October against Cardiff, so no doubt they’ll make it hard work for Newcastle.
Newcastle Decent On The Road
Rafa Benitez’s men have shown some form on the road though since the start of October, as they’ve gone W2-D2-L1 from their five trips and found the net in four. That includes victories at bottom-six outfits Burnley and Huddersfield within their last three, sandwiching a 1-1 stalemate at Goodison Park.
Indeed, on away results alone, the Magpies find themselves in the top half of the table.
Moreover, that run includes a visit to Man Utd which saw them go 2-0 up within 10 minutes, and although they came away empty handed, they showed they’re not afraid to take it to the top teams.
Indeed, against the ‘Big Six’ they’ve gone W3-D1-L13 from their 17 encounters, which isn’t an exceptional record, but they did score in 12 of these as eight of their defeats saw only one goal separate the sides, including each of their five this term with four finishing 2-1.
Liverpool Could Rest Big Players
With that in mind, we don’t think this will get embarrassing for the Magpies, especially with the likelihood of rotation from Jurgen Klopp. Fixtures with Arsenal and Man City follow this one, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the big names rested – as they were at Burnley recently.
Furthermore, the Reds have won three of the last four unbeaten meetings between the two sides here since 2013/14, scoring exactly twice in each, so we’ll have a small wager on the 2-1 correct score.
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