Preview - Newcastle United vs Liverpool 05 May 19

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Match Day 37
Newcastle United vs. Liverpool
Sunday, May 4th 2019
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: St. James' Park

Newcastle United: 
Last five matches form: L L W W D
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.25
Top Scorer: Ayoze Pérez (11)

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 2.33
Average goals against per match: 0.56
Top Scorer: Mohamed Salah (21)

All eyes will be on St. James' Park on Match Day 37 in the Premier League as it is Liverpool who are up first this weekend in the most exciting title race in living memory. Lying in wait are a Newcastle United side managed by none other than Liverpool's Champion's League winning manager Rafa Benitez.

The pressure is off the home side, but they will nevertheless be looking to end their home season on a high, and hopefully help sway Benitez towards signing a new contract. Liverpool of course simply must win.

The reverse of this fixture went pretty much as expected with Liverpool posting a comfortable 4-0 win at Anfield. The Magpies did hold the Reds to a 1-1 draw in the game here last season though.

Florian Lejeune, Sean Longstaff and Miguel Almiron are all definitely out for the home side, but in form Ayoze Pérez looks to be over his knock. Adam Lallana and Naby Keita are out for Liverpool

Newcastle will have the advantage of being the fresher side having had a week off whilst Liverpool chased Barcelona around the Nou Camp. The incentive of the Premier League title will likely help shake the fatigue from those Liverpool legs though.

Liverpool may need to be just a little bit careful here. Newcastle have won six of their last seven here at home, counting Manchester City amongst their victims and scoring two or more in each of those six wins.

Liverpool have lost just once on the road, but have been held to five draws.

Liverpool haven't been particularly impressive in winning their last three away at Cardiff, Southampton and Fulham, but they have still got the job done and it will likely be a similar story here, although nerves may well be jangling against what can be a stubborn Newcastle outfit.

Prediction: Newcastle United 1 - 2 Liverpool


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots:  14 - 11
Shots on target: 7 - 4
Corner Kicks: 2 - 3
Possession: 31% - 69%

Just the one booking for each side at St. James' Park. Referee Andre Marriner taking the names of Fabian Schär of Newcastle and James Milner of Liverpool.

A real tense encounter at St. James' Park and a game in which Liverpool's title challenge very nearly came unstuck. Newcastle put in an excellent display overall, whilst Liverpool were some way below their best. Sometimes though it is all about the result, and the Red's once again showed real heart and belief to grab yet another late goal and keep the dream very much alive.

The opening goal arrived in the 13th minute. Trent Alexader-Arnold playing in a corner from the right-hand side and Virgil Van Dijk allowed the freedom of the Newcastle penalty box to head home to the right hand side from six yards or so.

Then came the pivotal moment of this game. A cross from the right finding Matt Ritchie at the back post whose drilled low ball was then fired goalward by Solomón Rondón, only to be stopped on the line by the arm of Alexander-Arnold. Usually a penalty kick and a red card for denying a goal. Not this time though as the ball dropped for Christian Atsu to slot home. An equaliser but a lucky escape for Liverpool.

Liverpool regained the lead eight minutes later as - who else but - Alexander-Arnold swung in a cross from the right which Mo Salah watched all the way before guiding the ball into the bottom left from ten yards out in the right of the area. 1-2 at the break.

Newcastle seemed intent on making Liverpool sweat and drew level again in the 54th minute. A corner from the right initially being cleared but played back in to Rondón, who thumped a volley into the bottom right from around twelve yards out and slightly to the left.

With Salah off injured, Liverpool really didn't look like scoring but took advantage of a fortuitous free kick out on the right four minutes from time. Xherdan Shaqiri playing in a wicked in-swinger and fellow sub Divock Origi getting up towards the near post to glance a header - via a touch of Jamaal Lascelles into the left-hand side of the goal. Pandemonium in the away end. 2-3 final score.

And so it goes to the final day of the season. Whether it will be Manchester City or Liverpool who are hot favourites headed into those final games depends upon how City get on against Leicester in the final fixture on Match Day 37. Newcastle drop down to 14th.

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