Newcastle - Liverpool Prediction and Analysis
The derby of round 24 in the Premier League will undoubtedly be played on Saturday night when Newcastle host Liverpool.
The Magpies haven't beaten the Merseysiders in 8 years.
And they may have to wait a little longer to break this negative trend for them.
The Reds have won 8 and drawn 4 of their last 12 head-to-head meetings with Newcastle.
That includes a 2-1 win in the first leg between the two teams earlier in the season on the River Mersey.
What gives Magpies fans optimism is the fact that Liverpool have played very poorly away from home this season (2-2-6) .
But an experienced coach like Eddie Howe is hardly so naïve as to lie on his back and almost underestimate Poole.
Moreover, important units are returning for the visitors after injuries.
Equality seems to be the logical way out here . Especially since the "X" has become Newcastle's favorite of late.
And due to the fact that most of their matches are without a winner at halftime, I chose the prediction "H/H in PP/KR".
Newcastle have revenge on Liverpool for their only loss
Newcastle suffered just one loss in the Premier League all season (10-11-1).
When they went down 1-2 at Anfield in August after Fabio Carvalho's decisive stoppage-time goal.
Manager Eddie Howe commented:
"It was a painful experience.
But maybe it stoked our fire and did something to make us more determined to respond in a positive way.
We are looking forward to the match. We're coming up against Liverpool, it's always a tough game but it's something we're looking forward to."
Newcastle is the king of draws - 11 draws in 22 rounds
After the loss to Liverpool, however, the Magpies began an excellent 17-game unbeaten run in the league.
Which put them in the top four, nine points ahead of the Reds, although they have played a game more.
However, last Saturday's 1-1 draw against Bournemouth was their 5th draw in their last 6 Premier League games.
This includes the home games against Leeds and West Ham.
While Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Manchester City have also picked up a point here this season.
Like all these games, they were even at half-time.
Liverpool have won just 2 of 10 away games (2-2-6)
Undoubtedly, Liverpool have been a poor away team this season. Having lost a total of 6 away games and been badly beaten in the last 3.
The Reds returned home empty-handed from Brentford, Brighton and Wolves, conceding 3 goals in each case.
There were also cup defeats to Manchester City and Brighton after the World Cup break.
Liverpool reminded themselves in the Merseyside derby
Monday's 2-0 derby win over Everton at Anfield could be a turning point for Jurgen Klopp's side.
Mohamed Salah scored in the Premier League for the first time since Boxing Day.
And Cody Gakpo, who arrived in January, scored his first ever goal for the club .
The return of Diogo Jota and Firmino from injury as substitutes in the second half was another major positive.
Klopp felt his command was "super dominant" and stated:
“We needed this game, we needed this performance. Our audience deserved it.
I loved the atmosphere – even before we scored. It's a crazy atmosphere that people create here.''
But even so, there is still plenty of work for the German specialist to do in Liverpool.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Pope; Trippier, Schar, Bothman, Byrne; Almiron, Longstaff, Joelinton; Saint-Maximin, Wilson, Gordon
Injured: Wheelock, Manquillo, Kraft, Targett
Lineup: Alison; Alexander-Arnold, Gomes, Van Dijk, Robertson; Baycetic, Fabinho, Henderson; Salah, Nunes, Gakpo
Injured: Konate, Diaz, Alcantara