Sports Ticket: Newcastle vs Liverpool EPL Preview, Prediction & Streaming Info
Home head manager Steve Bruce is still having troubles with injured players. One of the most dangerous players Allan Saint-Maximin is still recovering and won’t be able to make an appearance against the champions, same as Dubravka and Lascelles.
The Magpies have lost big majority of games across all competitions in the last couple of weeks. Elimination from League Cup to Brentford and 2-5 loss to Leeds were especially painful. Andy Carroll had eight EPL appearances so far, and still didn’t score one single goal.
Besides abovementioned draw against WBA, Liverpool have slipped against Fulham on the road in a similar way. Victory against Crystal Palace of 7-0 was arguably the best performance of the season.
Klopp also has a lot of troubles with injured players. Basically a big majority of central defenders are sidelined. Besides Gomez and Van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota and Konstantinos Tsimikas are also on the injury list.
We will tip LFC not only to win this match against wounded hosts but also to keep a clean sheet.
West Bromwich Albion have shocked Jurgen Klopp and his players on Sunday night by taking one point away from Anfield. The Reds should have scored at least three or four goals in that match, but instead of that, The Baggies scored late equalizer. Mo Salah and Sadio Mane have wasted so many great opportunities, especially in the first half.
There was no massive impact on the standings though – reigning champions still have three points advantage over 2nd placed Everton FC. The last game in 2020 for Liverpool is happening on Wednesday against Newcastle United at St James’. The Magpies have been going through a rough crisis lately, so 1.25 odds on away win shouldn’t really surprise anyone.
There could be mixed news on the injury front for Liverpool in this match, with Matip out after suffering an adductor injury against West Brom but Thiago Alcantara pushing to be included in the matchday squad.
The full extent of Matip’s problem is yet to be revealed, but he is expected to miss a few weeks, leaving Liverpool without a senior fit centre-back with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez still long-term absentees.
Rhys Williams replaced Matip on Sunday but Klopp could opt for Nat Phillips this time, while Jordan Henderson has also filled in alongside Fabinho this season.
Thiago has been sidelined for 16 matches after picking up a knee injury in the Merseyside derby, but he is now close to his highly-anticipated return and could be involved from the bench in this match.
Klopp may decide to be extra cautious over his fitness and hold him back for one more game, although the need for midfield reinforcements has grown with Naby Keita suffering another injury setback which rules him out of this match.
Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas also remain sidelined for a while, but there was good news at the weekend as James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri returned to the squad.
Rotation is possible given the quick turnaround in fixtures, although with such limited options Klopp’s hand may be forced to a certain extent.
Newcastle have a number of absentees themselves, with Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin still feeling the effects of catching COVID-19.
Series: English Premier League (EPL) 2020-21
Match: Newcastle vs Liverpool
Date: Wednesday, 30 December 2020
Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Time: 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET / 01:00 PST
HEAD to HEAD:
- These two teams have a long tradition when it comes to h2h meetings. There were 154 encounters in the past and Liverpool have quite convincing 74-42 lead in terms of victories.
- The Reds were victorious against Newcastle in the last five clashes, scoring 15 goals in those duels and conceding only four.
- Newcastle’s record against Liverpool at this stadium is looking strong – 31 wins, 22 draws and 24 losses.
Probable Starting 11 Players:
Darlow; Manquillo, Fernandez, Schar, Clark, Lewis; Ritchie, Longstaff, Hayden, Joelinton; Wilson
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Fabinho, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
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