Prediction: Newcastle United vs Liverpool


Newcastle United have a handy enough record against the top sides, particularly since Rafa Benitez's arrival - beating Tottenham Hotspur and drawing with both Manchester City and Liverpool towards the end of the doomed 2015-16 Premier League season.

A Benitez team has yet to lose to Liverpool, and Sunday's visit to Newcastle will be his former club's fifth attempt.

However they succumbed 1-0 away to fellow promoted side Brighton last week, and the former Reds star says he is anxious about the quality that Rafael Benitez's side possess to compete with the big boys in the top flight. His wife and daughters stayed there while he took on assignments and temporary lodgings at Inter Milan, Chelsea, Napoli, Real Madrid and now at St. James' Park.

A failure to turn their dominance into goals proved costly against Sevilla and then Spartak Moscow in the Champions League, albeit Liverpool did pick up a point on each occasion.

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New Betfair customers can get 25/1 enhanced odds (max bet £1) on Liverpool to beat Newcastle United in the Premier League at St James' Park on Sunday afternoon. The job is quite hard.

"So I didn't have too many chances to go back - but it is football so you never know".

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With two goals and two assists in the first three Premiership games this season, it seeme that Firminho's time had eventually come.

"The reality is that because they are so offensive, they have sometimes problems in defense", Benitez said in his pre-match press conference.

"I am getting older but for a manager still a young manager".

Liverpool has played 11 games in the 2017/18 campaign so far, recording five wins, four draws, and two losses, with a goal difference of 21:19, which is a bit over 2.7 goals per contest on average. I am happy here.

The Magpies have won four of their last six league fixtures against the Reds at S James' Park.

The task facing the team from Tyneside, though, is a tough one and dabblebet offer 15/4 (4.75) that Newcastle chalk up a third successive home win when they line up against Jurgen Klopp's charges. "We'll see what we do with them". It will be emotional because I had so many years, so many good memories.