Indeed, with several of the Reds’ squad on international duty, Brendan Rodgers will be fretting whether any of his players have returned with knocks or jet lag ahead of a potentially difficult trip to Tyneside.
Liverpool couldn’t have had a much better start to their Premier League campaign and sit joint-top with Arsenal after seven matches played, something which has led to them being priced up at odds-on for this encounter. William Hill go a best price 19/20 about an away win.
However, matches away to Aston Villa, Sunderland and Swansea have seen the Merseyside team look defensively vulnerable, especially at the Liberty Stadium where the Welsh side could easily have scored a late winner as the teams drew 2-2.
Newcastle will be confident of building on their recent 2-1 win at Cardiff by getting something from the game and the Magpies look overpriced at 10/3 (Betfred) to enjoy their second home win of the season, having lost their last game at St James’ Park against Hull City.
One big plus for United is the form of Loic Remy and the Frenchman is a 7/1 chance with Coral to break the deadlock in this game, having scored five goals in as many starts since completing a season-long loan move from Queens Park Rangers.
Pardew recently declared himself delighted with Remy, saying: “He (Remy) has been a great signing and given us what we didn’t have last year which is a striker who can play, build the game and finish, while he has a nice manner, is comfortable with our group and has the confidence to play for Newcastle, too”.
As for Liverpool’s twin strikeforce, they have both scored in their past two matches although we should note these games were against Sunderland and Crystal Palace. Bet365 go 9/2 about Sturridge and Suarez on their First Goalscorer market and it’s hard to look beyond them when it comes to scorers for the visitors.
Even so, we like the look of the 5/2 about the draw more than the away win for this game, with Newcastle determined to be tighter defensively after horror shows against Hull and Everton. Going to Cardiff and getting three points was a welcome fillip in that regard.
It’s a surprise to see Under 2.5 Goals available at odds of 5/4 considering there could be some tired legs on display from both teams, although Liverpool have a greater number of international players on duty and might be the ones that are more disrupted.
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