Who: Liverpool vs Newcastle
When: Saturday, September 14th @ 07:30 am ET
Line: Liverpool -770 | Draw +750 | Newcastle +1900
European domestic leagues are back in action this coming weekend! There are a number of exciting matchday 5 Premier League fixtures.
This is not one of them.
Liverpool vs Newcastle United Preview
The second-to-last matchday of 2018-19 saw Liverpool travel to Newcastle for a game all Reds fans were dreading. Liverpool were in an all-time epic title chase against FFP violating Manchester City. Any dropped points and the race was over.
Rafa Benitez had Newcastle playing decent football. Liverpool were in the middle of another deep Champions League run. While “mentality monsters,” they were still a tired squad.
The game went back and forth. Liverpool were tied 2-2 until the 86th minute when DIVOCK ORIGI HAPPENED. They squeaked out a narrow 3-2 victory.
Three days later, they defeated Barclona at Anfield 4-0 (watch it, seriously never gets old) en route to a Champions League title.
We usually don’t give so much exposition before a preview, but that’s because there’s not much to say about this game. Liverpool are the heaviest betting favorites in the Premier League this week (-770) and that’s actually decent value / worth a play.
Liverpool defeated Newcastle 4-0 at Anfield last season. Newcastle has a slightly better squad this go around, but a much worse manager. Steve Bruce has replaced Rafa. That’s like trading in your new BMW for a used RAV4.
Expect Jurgen Klopp to use this match as a tune up for the Reds’ first Champions League showdown the following week (away vs Napoli). They follow that with a potential challenge on Sunday the 22nd at Chelsea. Newcastle is actually the perfect opponent to implement tighter / more organized backline tactics while working out any new wrinkles for their Napoli and Chelsea matches.
Klopp will have the lads coming out on their front foot. Expect the Reds to get up early, then rest two of the big three attacking options once the lead is secure in the second half. This would be a good match to bring on Rhian Brewster and / or Xherdan Shaqiri for some squad re-acclimation minutes.
Liverpool coasting to a 3-1 or 4-1 win sounds about right.
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