Liverpool will look to maintain tempo with high-flying Premier League chief Manchester City, when the Reds host Newcastle at Anfield on Thursday.
The strain is on to match Manchester City’s midweek consequence after the Citizens demolished Leeds 7-0 for his or her seventh league win in a row. Liverpool (2nd, 37 factors) is simply 4 factors again and on a five-game Premier League win streak of its personal since November’s surprising defeat to West Ham, the Reds’ solely lack of their league season to date.
At the opposite finish of the desk, Eddie Howe could solely be 4 video games into his Newcastle managerial tenure, however there’s a actual sense of urgency. The sense of rejuvenation wore off a bit throughout final weekend’s 4-0 drubbing by the hands of Leicester City that introduced everybody on Tyneside again to Earth. Still, the Magpies (nineteenth, 10 factors) have earned 4 factors in 4 matches below Howe, an honest haul contemplating the membership was on six factors — all from attracts — in the 12 matches previous to his rent.
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The former Bournemouth boss is not backing down from a title contender. “It is a good alternative to face the very best in the land and see the place we’re and the way we are able to impose ourselves on them,” Howe mentioned in his pre-match press convention. “We want focus, recreation administration, construction, set play organisation. Top groups discover other ways of successful. We need to carry a menace, a problem to them, and we’ve gamers and a approach of enjoying to do this.”
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How to look at Liverpool vs. Newcastle
- Date: Thursday, Dec. 16
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
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- Streaming: Peacock (subscription required)
The Liverpool vs. Newcastle match is obtainable solely on NBC’s streaming platform, Peacock, with no tv protection in the United States.
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Liverpool vs. Newcastle lineups
A clear invoice of well being is normally required for a severe title problem, and that’s what Liverpool possesses. Only Nat Phillips, Curtis Jones, and Harvey Elliott are confirmed out with damage struggles. Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino have missed time of late, however each are again in coaching and could possibly be out there for choice, although seemingly as subs.
Any different adjustments would seemingly be as a result of squad rotation or matchups, with Naby Keita, Konstantinos Tsimikas, and Joe Gomez all probably pushing for enjoying time, together with ahead Diogo Jota. Their inclusion might see Thiago, Joel Matip, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain drop to the bench for load administration forward of a busy festive interval.
Mohamed Salah has performed each single minute this season, and it is going to be attention-grabbing to see if supervisor Jurgen Klopp decides to offer him a little bit of relaxation in the course of the busy month, particularly contemplating Salah will seemingly miss a major chunk of the season for the Africa Cup of Nations arising in January.
Liverpool projected lineup (4-3-3, left to proper): Alisson — Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, (*17*)-Arnold — Fabinho, Henderson, Keita — Mane, Jota, Salah
Newcastle is in a equally advantageous place close to squad well being, having survived the Leicester City loss with out choosing up any new issues. That leaves Paul Dummett as the one injured Magpie, having but to function this season due to a long-term calf damage.
In reality, Newcastle will get Ciaran Clark again from his two-game suspension, which might see Miguel Almiron or Joelinton sacrificed to revive a five-man line of defense that Howe used earlier in the season. However, it is attainable that Clark might come straight in for captain Jamal Lascelles who has struggled of late.
If Howe chooses to return to a five-man again line, that might see Matt Ritchie get one other look, which might see Jamal Lewis fall to the bench.
Newcastle projected beginning lineup (3-4-3, left to proper): Dubravka — Clark, Lascelles, Schar — Ritchie, Willock, Shelvey, Manquillo — Saint-Maximin, Wilson, Joelinton
Liverpool vs. Newcastle betting odds & prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
The bookmakers are eyeing a blowout in this one, and understandably so. Liverpool has obliterated nearly everybody in its wake this season…till lately.
The Reds fell to West Ham in early November, and some weaknesses have sprung up since then. They bounced again splendidly, placing 4 objectives previous every of Arsenal, Southampton, and Everton, however they’ve slogged to a pair of 1-0 wins in their final two matches towards defensively stout groups in Wolves and Aston Villa.
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Newcastle can not declare to categorize itself as “defensively stout” because the Magpies have not saved a single clear sheet this complete Premier League season. Still, this could possibly be a possibility for Klopp to relaxation some drained legs. However, it does seem attainable to benefit from the oddsmakers love for Liverpool and leap on a number of plus odds in favor of Newcastle protecting issues shut, whereas nonetheless anticipating Liverpool to return away with all three factors.
Backing Mohamed Salah additionally appears very best, with the Egyptian in spectacular type. Salah has scored or assisted a aim in each single Premier League recreation this season save one from approach again in August. His anytime-scorer odds are nugatory, however first-goalscorer odds look engaging sufficient, particularly if Klopp once more selects Oxlade-Chamberlain because the central striker. If Jota returns to the lineup, he’s one to eye as effectively, having scored six objectives in his final eight begins.
Pick: Newcastle +2.5 (-105), Salah first goalscorer (+200)
Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle
- Moneyline: Liverpool -900 / Draw +950 / Newcastle +2200
- Spread: Liverpool -2.5 (-105) / Newcastle +2.5 (-105)
- O/U 3.5 complete objectives: Over -130 / Under +105
- Both groups to attain: Yes +110 / No -145