Liverpool

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Anfield

03/03/2018 | 5:30 pm

Newcastle United

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Anfield

03/03/2018 | 5:30 pm

In a sentence:  As the season enters March, the stakes appear to become much higher. Both sides still have everything to play for with Liverpool aiming to ensure they maintain a top-four spot and the Magpies desperate to pull away from relegation trouble.

Last time: The Magpies came from 2-0 down to snatch a point 2-2 during a 2016 Premier League game thanks to second-half strikes from Papiss Cisse and Jack Colback to leave the Reds well and truly Red-faced at Anfield.

This time: Liverpool are 1/5 to win with Newcastle at 10/1 and the draw 6/1

You might remember:  In May 2014, an early Martin Skrtel own goal looked like it was going to set Newcastle up for the win. However, Daniel Agger and Daniel Sturridge pulled the Reds back into the lead before the Magpies saw red twice (literally) as Shola Ameobi and Paul Dummet were sent off.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Mohamed Salah has been in exceptional form throughout his first season at Liverpool

Both Liverpool and Newcastle have a rich history of providing high octane intense affairs. As both have it all still to play for, that is likely to continue as both relegation and Champions League glory is firmly on the table for the corresponding teams. However, defeat for either will seriously hamper their end of season targets as Anfield sets the perfect stage for another epic duel.

Liverpool are 1/5 to win the match and that is no surprise based on current form. Liverpool are also one of only two teams in the league this season to be unbeaten at home (the other being Manchester City) proving that Anfield is something of a red fortress.

Newcastle are 10/1 to win and despite it being something of a long shot, it is not wholly unbackable. The Magpies sit tenth in the away form table having picked up thirteen points on their travels and it is that that has kept their heads just above water this campaign.

The draw is 6/1 and although Magpies boss Rafael Benítez would probably take that now, his counter-part Jurgen Klopp would not. There is some history to also back the draw as the last two meetings between the two sides have resulted in a share of the spoils meaning 6/1 is the best valued fixed result of the game.

Over 2.5 goals in the game and both teams to score is 11/10. Only once this year have Newcastle failed to find the back of the net in all competitions home and away and Liverpool with 31 home goals this season, average over 2 home goals per game at Anfield.

Mohammed Salah to score anytime is 8/13 and although it may be obvious, one simply cannot ignore the Egyptian’s scoring rate this season. So good in fact that the former Chelsea man averages a goal every 92 minutes in the Premier League.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

A red card. There have been seven red cards in the last ten meetings between the two and with so much riding on the game, it would not be a huge surprise to see a dismissal.

A red card in the game is 11/2 and that offers significant value.

2

We fancy:

Liverpool to win and both teams to score is 6/4 and that is the best way to get the most value out of yet another Liverpool three points.

In the last few months, the Reds have improved significantly but they have conceded at least once in their last four home Premier League matches.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Liverpool to repeat their 4-1 hammering of West Ham is 16/1 and at that price is worth a look.

As mentioned, the Magpies are worth a goal, but the reds have notched nine goals in their last two games and could be set for another big score.

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Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!