This game has historically been a huge fixture in the Premier League schedule, with both of these sides regarded as big fish of the division. While Liverpool have been used to dominating through recent seasons, it is Newcastle who are the more superior this term as the Magpies sit in a strong 6th position. Liverpool meanwhile, sit one place and a huge eight points below their opponents.
With Newcastle positioned in 6th position, the Magpies certainly have everything to play for as they aim to close in on 5th place Chelsea. The Blues lead Alan Pardew’s side by just three points although considering the goal difference of both teams, it would be unlikely for Newcastle to leap into that position this weekend. However, after winning their last two games, Newcastle’s supporters must be incredibly optimistic especially as those victories signalled an end to a four game winless streak. Their confidence is likely to be boosted through their recent form at the Sports Direct Arena as well, with the club not losing a home fixture in their last seven.
Liverpool on the other hand have experienced a dire campaign by their own standards and there is even some speculation that Kenny Dalglish is starting to come under pressure. It has to be said that due to Dalglish’s status at Anfield, it has taken slightly longer for the fans to question his position although with the club sat so far away from the top six it is really now no surprise. Eleven points currently separate the Reds from 5th position and judging by recent form, it will take a huge effort for this deficit to be overturned. The club are on an absolutely dismal run after losing five of their last six Premier League games, while they have also won just one league game away from Anfield since mid-December. Moreover, their supporters are likely to be extremely upset at the fact that bitter rivals Everton leapfrogged them following their victory on Saturday.
As for team news, Newcastle have received good news ahead of this clash with Ryan Taylor and Cheick Tiote both back in contention after recovering from injuries. On a sour note, the Magpies won’t be able to rely on Fabricio Coloccini as he sits on the treatment table with a hamstring problem. It’s a similar story for Liverpool, with the likes of Martin Kelly, Daniel Agger, Maxi Rodriguez and Glen Johnson all set to return for Kenny Dalglish following injury. However, the club have been told bad news in relation to Charlie Adam, with the former Blackpool man expected to be out for the foreseeable future as he struggles with a knee injury.
In terms of a prediction, our tip is going to be for a Newcastle victory. The Magpies have a good home record at the moment, while Liverpool head into this clash with some dismal form behind them. Bearing this in mind, we’ll tip a 1-0 victory for Alan Pardew’s side.