Jurgen Klopp must refocus his team on securing the points this weekend against Newcastle, after being on the end of Messi masterclass in their Champions League semi-final first leg. This weekend it is all about keeping their title hopes alive with just the two games left and if people think old Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez will be doing them a favour, think again. If any old manager can do them a favour it is Brendan Rodgers and his Leicester team that face Man City on Monday, but for now it is about the win at St James’ Park. Form Labs return with their betting preview and tips for the game and if you are after some value then check out our enhanced odds in which can be found in our FanBoosts section.
Liverpool don’t have much time to reflect on their defeat in Barcelona midweek and failure to win here will almost certainly mean another trophy slips from sight.
Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle have been pinpointed for some weeks by many as a potential banana skin for the Reds and, though they’ve lost 10 of 11 encounters with the ‘Big Six’ this term, only one of them was a humiliation as seven saw them go down by just the single strike.
That one embarrassment came in a 4-0 loss at Anfield in the reverse fixture, while the Magpies lost 2-0 there last term, but they held Liverpool to a 1-1 stalemate at St. James’ Park and are W4-D1-L6 hosting the ‘Big Six’ since the start of last season.
Their heaviest margin of defeat was just two goals, which occurred on two occasions, and so the Reds cannot take anything for granted against a well-organized outfit.
Newcastle v Liverpool Betting Tips
Jurgen Klopp’s side had won 10 on the bounce before visiting the Camp Nou, but nerves will be frayed following that harrowing experience and there’s no doubt who will be feeling the pressure come Saturday evening.
Since Newcastle saw their Premier League status become virtually secure, they’ve won two of three unbeaten games as they appear to be playing with a greater sense of freedom.
One player who is particularly enjoying himself is Ayoze Perez, with the attacker netting five times in his last three outings, while Newcastle have scored at least twice in six of their last seven on home turf, also winning six of these too.
In fact, both teams have scored in four of Newcastle’s five matches hosting the ‘Big Six’ this term, and with Liverpool managing just one clean sheet in six road trips across all competitions – against Cardiff – we’re expecting them to be given a stern examination.
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