Newcastle set to put Liverpool defence to the test

Newcastle United will host Liverpool at St James' Park in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon

The Tipster
By The Tipster
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

Liverpool head to Newcastle United on Sunday with plenty of defensive issues still to resolve.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are favourites to win at St James’ Park, but there’s many reasons to think that the home side can take something from the game.

Despite Klopp’s comments that he is a “really good defensive coach”, only Leicester City, West Ham United and Crystal Palace have conceded more goals in the Premier League this season.

Liverpool are averaging over two goals conceded away from home in all competitions this term, meaning a visit to can be as profitable as taking on Klopp’s defence.

The Reds kept just six clean sheets from their 19 away league matches last season and odds of 13/8 to shut out Newcastle this weekend seems on the skinny side.

Despite their defensive troubles, Liverpool have only lost two of their last 18 Premier League games home or away so will fancy their chances on Sunday.

They have scored in 13 of their last 15 away games in the league, but are yet to keep a clean sheet on the road this season.

Liverpool won 3-2 at Leicester last weekend and are on offer at 22/1 to repeat that feat on Sunday.

After a summer of transfer speculation, Philippe Coutinho marked his second league game of the campaign with a goal and he’s 9/5 to get on the scoresheet again.

Newcastle took four points off Liverpool when the teams last met during the 2015/16 season, including a 2-0 victory at St James’ Park.

Rafa Benitez’s team have won their last two home games and are 4/1 to turn over the Reds, with the draw priced at 3/1.

The impressive Jamaal Lascelles bagged the winner in Newcastle’s last home game against Stoke, and odds of 9-1 to score anytime against Liverpool’s leaky defence looks good value.

The home side will come under pressure from the likes of Coutinho and Firmino, but with only five goals conceded this season, Benitez has got his defence well organised.

With that in mind, the double chance market offers a tempting wager, with Newcastle priced at 6/5 to win or draw the match.

Newcastle have scored in six of their last seven meetings with Liverpool at St James’ Park and it’s not unreasonable to think there’ll be goals on Sunday.

Over 3.5 goals during the game is available at 7/4 and that looks to be a solid wager.

Liverpool’s defensive woes point to this game having plenty of goals and Newcastle are capable of taking at least a point. A 2-2 scoreline is priced at 12/1 and that bet should give you a run for your money.

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