Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. Newcastle United
Venue: Anfield – Monday, April 13th – 20:00 BST – (15:00 ET)
Match Odds: Liverpool 2/5 – Draw 7/2 – Newcastle 7/1
Brendan Rodgers has watched his side’s form drop in the past few weeks as defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal have left Liverpool’s top four hopes hanging by a thread.
The Reds are seven points behind Manchester City going into the weekend, with seven games to go, though City travel to United on Sunday and defeat in that will give Liverpool the chance to close that gap to four.Embed from Getty Images
Spurs are level on points with Liverpool and face Aston Villa at home on Saturday, so there is lots to play for still.
The Reds will see a home game against Newcastle as a perfect chance to get back to winning ways, especially as they’ve won eight of the last nine meetings at Anfield in all competitions, drawing once.
The Magpies are in trouble, having lost their last four on the bounce, scoring just one in the process, and last weekend’s derby defeat to Sunderland intensified supporters’ frustrations.
Newcastle have only won one of their last eight in the league and have not been able to find the net in their past three away from home.Embed from Getty Images
They don’t look to be in any real danger of relegation but if they continue to lose matches, they could be sucked into a survival battle late on.
Liverpool will be without Mamadou Sakho (hamstring), Jordan Ibe (knee), Mario Balotelli (illness) and Adam Lallana (groin). While Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard will also miss the game as they are both suspended. Daniel Sturridge is a doubt but should be fit to start. Dejan Lovren, Emre Can and Kolo Toure are set to start in defence.
Newcastle have a worrying long injury list to worry about and will be without Jack Alnwick (wrist), Rolando Aarons (thigh), Massadio Haidara (knee), Paul Dummett (knee), Siem De Jong (lung), Cheick Tiote (knee) and Steve Taylor (calf). John Carver will also have to cope without Papiss Cisse and Fabricio Coloccini as both are suspended. Daryl Janmaat is a doubt but should be fit to start.
Liverpool’s last five: W/W/W/L/L
Newcastle’s last five: W/L/L/L/L
Key Stat: There has not been a 0-0 draw in a game between these two in 64 games – a stretch of 41 years.
Key Player: Jordan Henderson – The Liverpool midfield ace has been thriving as captain in recent weeks and has scored four goals in his last five league games. Expect him to prove the difference again in this one.Embed from Getty Images
Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle – The Reds to get back to winning ways in a tight contest. Newcastle have scored in their last three trips to Anfield and will likely continue that run, but without picking up any points as their miseries look set to only worsen.