A struggling Liverpool side will try to get its act together at home at Anfield on Dec. 30th when they host Newcastle in the day’s only English Premier League game. Liverpool has been dropping points left, right and centre, especially by drawing with the league’s mediocre clubs, such as a 1-1 draw against Blackburn last week. However, they’ve played a lot better against the top EPL teams. Newcastle was one of the better clubs at the start of the year, but has also hit a rough patch lately even though they won their last match 2-0 over Bolton.
Another problem for the Merseysiders is they’ll be missing striker Luis Suarez who will miss the Newcastle game due to suspension. That means they’ll have to depend on former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll to carry the load up front, but the team has scored just 21 goals in 18 games so far this season, which is their main problem.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish doesn’t appear to be much better than previous Liverpool flops such as Roy Hodgson and Rafael Benitez. He paid a ridiculous 35 million pounds for Carroll and often leaves him wasting away on the bench while his team struggles to find the back of the net. The status of skipper Steven Gerrard is also up in the air as he’s constantly injured and Dalglish is afraid to play him in case he gets hurt again. He did play as a sub against Blackburn on Boxing Day though.
The game is huge when it comes to the EPL standings since Liverpool sits in sixth place with 31 points and Newcastle is right behind them with 30 points. A Newcastle win will see them pass Liverpool in the table. So far Norwich, Sunderland, and Swansea have all drawn games at Anfield and Newcastle figure they should be able to at least match that feat, even though the hosts are yet to lose a game at home with six draws and three wins. This should give Newcastle a bit of added confidence.
Demba Ba, who replaced Carroll, has been enjoying a fine season so far with a total of 14 league goals.
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Bet on Liverpool vs Newcastle
The last time these two teams met Liverpool came away with a 3-0 win. However, they’re very close this year. Liverpool has the seventh-best home record while Newcastle is sixth best on the road. Look for a close, low scoring game here. A draw seems likely, but if there is a winner it’ll be Liverpool. Find the best odds at the bookmakers promoted here on PuntersHero.com