Saturday’s Premier League programme signs out at St James’ Park with a mouth-watering contest between Newcastle United and Liverpool.
The Magpies battled back from a 1-0 deficit to hold Bournemouth to a 1-1 draw at the Vitality Stadium last weekend, equalling the club’s longest-ever unbeaten run in their league history (17).
Eddie Howe’s side incidentally launched their superb undefeated streak after a last-gasp 2-1 defeat at Liverpool in late August to establish themselves as legitimate top-four candidates.
Starting this round fourth in the standings is a bit unfamiliar territory for Newcastle, at least based on their repeated struggle in the lower reaches across recent seasons.
However, it’s well-deserved, even though drawing five of their last six outings in the Premier League (W1) suggests there’s ample room for improvement.
With nine points separating them from fourth-placed Newcastle ahead of the kick-off, visiting Liverpool will be out to build on a morale-boosting 2-0 Merseyside derby win over Everton on Monday.
Mohamed Salah’s first-half deadlock-breaker snapped the Reds’ disastrous three-game scoring drought in the Premier League before winter arrival Cody Gakpo opened his account at Anfield.
After putting a four-match winless league streak to bed (D1, L3), Jurgen Klopp’s men will have their sights firmly set on whittling down a substantial gap on Newcastle, as they also have a game in hand.
It’s been almost 17 years since Newcastle last faced Liverpool while at least five places above them in the standings, with an unbeaten home league record this season (W6, D5) strengthening their bid to keep the distance.
Scoring at St James’ Park has been a tormenting task for visiting sides this term as the Magpies have conceded a league-low six home goals thus far, keeping seven clean sheets in 11 such matches.
Howe’s side will have to put on another resilient defensive performance if they are to arrest an underwhelming run of five winless home league encounters against Liverpool (D2, L3).
Avoiding defeat on Saturday would see Liverpool go undefeated on six consecutive league visits to Newcastle for the first time in history, but that’s far from a foregone conclusion.
The Reds have lost their last three away games in the Premier League, conceding precisely three goals on each occasion while netting just once in return.
If you’re looking for an omen, the last time Liverpool lost four away top-flight fixtures on the spin was in 2012 when a 2-0 defeat at non-other than Newcastle bookended that run.
Newcastle United vs Liverpool Potential Line-ups
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Nick Pope; Kieran Trippier, Fabian Schar, Sven Botman, Dan Burn; Joelinton, Sean Longstaff, Joe Willock; Miguel Almiron, Allan Saint-Maximin, Alexander Isak.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Andy Robertson; Stefan Bajcetic, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson; Cody Gakpo, Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez.
How to Watch?
Newcastle United vs Liverpool, alongside all other fixtures in England’s top flight, is available to watch online via live Premier League streams.
Newcastle United vs Liverpool Prediction
Anything other than victory would probably rule Liverpool out of contention for a top-four finish, yet Newcastle are not messing around, especially at home.
Although travelling fans will want to believe in the RReds’resurgence after a derby win over Everton, we’re more inclined to predict a low-scoring draw that would benefit the Magpies.
Newcastle United 1-1 Liverpool
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