Newcastle and Liverpool go head to head this weekend in arguably the stand-out fixture in the Premier League. A game with plenty of history, this is one everyone is looking forward to on Sunday lunch-time as punters will be relishing the odds of around 2/1 on offer for Alan Pardew’s side.
For Newcastle, it is the chance to get crucial points to aid their European push, while for Liverpool it is a game they need to win to get their Premier League form back on track.
Looking at the home side to begin with, massive credit must go to them for being in 6th position with just eight games to go. They have still got hopes of finishing in the top four too – they are five points behind Tottenham at the moment – and this means they have plenty to play for.
Alan Pardew’s men have won their last two games too after a slightly indifferent run of form, so they will hope this is a platform for them to finish what has been a superb season extremely strongly.
The Newcastle boss has seen reward for his January transfer window business too. A couple of months ago, he signed the relatively unknown Papiss Demba Cisse for around £10m and the striker has scored five goals for the club including three in the last two games.
As for Liverpool, their run of form in the league is horrific. They may have won the Merseyside Derby against Everton recently, but this is their only success in the last six Premier League games with five defeats either side of it.
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With the Carling Cup already won and a place in the FA Cup semi-final, you would have thought Kenny Dalglish would be getting praised for what he is doing with this Liverpool team, but the form in the league is so bad that people are questioning his position.
Looking at the league table, they currently sit 7th, but only three points separate them from the bottom half. After the defeat at home to Wigan last time out, they have to improve fast, otherwise they will start sliding down the table.
When these two teams met earlier this year, it was Liverpool that picked up a 3-1 victory and they would love something similar on Sunday afternoon. It is the home side that are favourites for the victory though in what should be a cracking Premier League contest.