Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at Fulham on Sunday has given Liverpool the opportunity to go clear at the top of the Premier League if they can beat Newcastle in the first top-flight game of 2024.
The Reds are unbeaten at home this season and should be confident against Eddie Howe’s side, who have been underwhelming of late while they have lost their last four games on their travels.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are 4/9 to claim another Anfield success, but there are other wagers available on the Bet Builder, and we have three selections below that can be put together for a bet that will pay out at 8/1 if it is successful.
Newcastle could be doing a lot of chasing in this match and that could mean it is a difficult evening for their Brazilian midfielder Joelinton.
He has been booked in five of his last seven starts and those all came in big-game atmospheres against Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Tottenham and AC Milan, and he has committed 23 fouls in the Premier League this season.
Joelinton features on the left side of the Magpies midfield and this is one match where he could be particularly busy as not only will he have to keep an eye on Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing forward but also help out in preventing Mohamed Salah from causing havoc.
He committed four fouls when the teams met at St James’ Park in August and a similar tally in Monday’s game could easily see him in the book if his actions wind up the Anfield crowd.
Darwin Nunez scored both goals in the Reds’ win at Newcastle earlier in the season when he entered the fray as a substitute, with Klopp’s side having played the final 60 minutes with 10 men following Virgil van Dijk’s red card.
Nunez’s pace and power was a real problem for the Magpies that day and while he has not been prolific this season, there were encouraging signs from the Uruguayan centre forward on Boxing Day, when he fired home a fine opener.
That ended a run of nine league games without a goal, but he has also contributed five assists this season. He may also have more confidence these days as he has had at least two goal attempts in each of his last eight games.
Nunez should be a handful for the Newcastle defence again and has the ability to bring others into the game too, so there is a good chance he could get on the scoresheet or assist one of his team-mates.
Liverpool are likely to do most of the attacking on Monday and they can be relied upon to generate a decent number of corners.
They have averaged 7.67 for each of their nine matches at Anfield this season, a figure that is bettered by only Arsenal and Manchester United.
Newcastle concede an average of 4.6 per game on the road but there seems a strong chance that the Reds will force more than six as they look to open up a gap at the top of the table.
Argentina midfielder Alexis Mac Allister could come into contention after a layoff, but Jurgen Klopp will still have to do without Andy Robertson, Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, Kostas Tsimikas and Joel Matip.
Jamaal Lascelles could return to the heart of the Magpies defence, but Nick Pope, Harvey Barnes, Joe Willock, Matt Targett, Elliot Anderson, Jacob Murphy and Javier Manquillo are all injured, while Sandro Tonali is suspended.
Newcastle’s 8-0 win at bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United has been their only away victory in the league this season.
Liverpool have not lost at home in the league in their last 21 matches.
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