Magpies look unlikely to improve a poor record at Anfield against Liverpool
There will be big names missing on both sides when Liverpool entertain Newcastle United at Anfield this Monday.
This is a fixture which is rich in history and it normally provides a few goals and plenty of taking points. The Magpies beat the Reds at St James’ Park back in November but have now lost four in a row in the Premier League. John Carver’s players showed little appetite for a fight in last week’s Tyne-Wear derby at Sunderland and have now managed only four goals in their last eight games.
To make matters worse, leading striker Papiss Cisse is in the midst of a seven-match ban. Defender and captain Fabricio Colocinni is also suspended and midfielders Rolando Aarons and Siem de Jong are still on the injured list, though have begun light training. Daryl Janmaat is expected to shake off a knock and take his place at Anfield, however.
Liverpool have scored at least once in their last 19 matches against Newcastle at Anfield and Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling should cause plenty of problems again for the visitors. Stand-in skipper Jordan Henderson has also been in excellent goalscoring form lately. The England midfielder has netted four in his last five and is 23/10 to be an anytime goalscorer against the Tynesiders.
Having lost their last two in the Premier League, dreams of a Champions League place for Liverpool next season have all but disappeared and they may have one eye on next week’s FA Cup semi-final with Aston Villa. But they’ll kick themselves if they fail to take maximum points at 9/20 against a Newcastle side that clearly can’t wait for the season to end. The Reds are 11/10 to overcome a one-goal deficit on the handicap.
The match kicks off at 8.00pm on Monday, April 13 at Anfield.