Preview - Liverpool vs Newcastle March 04 2018

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Mar 02, 2018, 07:35 AM Last Edit: Mar 02, 2018, 07:38 AM by Harry85
Match Day 29
Liverpool vs. Newcastle United
Sunday, March 4th, 2018
01:30 am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Anfield

Last five matches form: L W D W W
Average goals per match: 2.3
Average goals against per match: 1.1
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (23)

Newcastle United:
Last five matches form: L D D W D
Average goals per match: 1.0
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Dwight Gayle (5)

The League may be long since over with when it comes to determining who will lift the trophy, but Liverpool do still need to keep up the pace in terms of securing Champions League Football next term. Jurgen Klopp and his men would no doubt also gain significant satisfaction from reeling in Manchester United in the race for second.

For Newcastle United the season is all about survival. Having been sitting in tenth position when 2-0 up last week at Bournemouth, a final ten minute collapse sees them arrive at Anfield in 15th and still fighting for their lives. Can Rafa Benitez come up with a plan to thwart his rampant former employers?

If he is to do so it will have to be without former Red, Jonjo Shelvey and the - still injured - January signing, Islam Slimani.

Newcastle haven't fared to badly away from home overall, but have struggled against the big sides, conceding at least three times to Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

The Magpie's only hope is surely to try and set up to suck the life out of this game, but we expect Liverpool to have more than enough guile to carve open the Black and Whites in the end.

Newcastle do have pace in the side and can be dangerous on the break so may nick a consolation on the break.

It has to be Liverpool for the win here though.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 2 - 0
Shots:  14 - 7
Shots on target: 3 - 2
Corner Kicks:  8 - 3
Possession: 71% - 29%

Barring a couple of disputed penalty claims, there wasn't much for referee Graham Scott to get involved with here as he kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

A dominant display from Liverpool overall with the gulf in class between the sides being evident throughout. Rafa Benitez did what he could in setting the Magpies up to be as tough to break down as possible, and to only lose the shots on target count 3-2 was a testament to Newcastle's organisation, but when it came to an attacking threat overall, they were woefully overmatched here.

Getting in at the break on level terms would have been a solid achievement for the visitors and they very nearly achieved it without too many scares.

When the ball was picked up in midfield by Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain following a bring down in play in the 40th minute though, they were immediately in trouble. When the ex-Arsenal man cleverly slipped in Mo Salah in the box, the whole of Anfield knew what was coming next. The Egyptian King didn't disappoint in slipping the ball under Martin Dubravka to make it 1-0 headed into the break, although Loris Karius did have to palm away a Mo Diame curler on the stroke of half-time to maintain the advantage.

The pattern of play was much the same in the second period as Newcastle seemed content to lose by as small a margin as possible. A negative approach, but considering how tight it is at the foot of the table, goal difference may yet play a factor.

Liverpool did get on the score sheet again following another breakdown in midfield. Five swift passes later and Sadio Manè was through on goal to side-foot home.

Liverpool move up to second ahead of Manchester United's trip to Crystal Palace in the last match of round 29 as they continue on a hot streak which has now seen the Reds win 8 of their last 10 league outings.

Newcastle drop a place to 16th, just two points above the relegation zone.

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