- Liverpool have won each of their last five league meetings with Newcastle.
- Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in their last six away league assignments.
- Liverpool have scored exactly three times in each of their last three encounters with the Magpies.
- Newcastle are without a win in four games in all competitions.
Newcastle’s limp end to 2020
Newcastle’s stuttering finish to the year continued on Saturday when the Magpies limped to a lifeless 2-0 defeat at Manchester City to push their winless run to four matches.
Still smarting from their embarrassing performance and exit to Brentford in the Carabao Cup just days earlier, Newcastle offered their supporters little in the way of positives to cling to in another abject display at the Etihad.
The same fans will be fearing the worst again when Liverpool visit St. James’ Park on Wednesday, when the Reds go searching for their sixth win on the spin against the Magpies.
Liverpool hit Baggies hurdle
In one of the most surprising results of the season so far, Sam Allardyce’s West Brom somehow dug out a point from their trip to play Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday on a frustrating evening for the hosts.
Liverpool were the dominant force for the majority of the contest on Merseyside, though their haul of just two shots on target in their eventual 1-1 draw with Albion highlighted just how difficult they found it to break the massed ranks of defenders down.
The Reds held on to top spot in the Premier League despite their setback however, and Jurgen Klopp’s title favourites will expect to tighten their grip on first place with a win in Newcastle this week.
Liverpool to outscore the Magpies again
The head-to-head record between Newcastle and Liverpool has been incredibly one sided in recent seasons, and the Reds – unbeaten in seven previous meetings with the Magpies – are targeting their 6th straight win against them on Wednesday.
The clean sheet Liverpool picked up in their 7-0 rout of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park a week ago was their first shutout on the road in six attempts however, and having conceded at least once in each of their last six trips to St. James’ Park, we think there is every chance the Merseysiders will ship a consolation this week.
With injury problems at centre half still apparent, Liverpool lost Joel Matip to a muscle tweak against West Brom, and Newcastle should be able to manufacture an opening or two against the Reds’ patched up rearguard.
Liverpool have strength and depth to burn in attack however, and having hit three or more goals in each of their last four encounters with Newcastle, the relentless Reds’s formidable forwards should fire them to glory in the North East again.
With that considered, the away win and both teams to score combination jumps out as an option worth backing for Wednesday, while our 3-1 correct score prediction tips Liverpool to hit three goals past Newcastle for the fourth game running.
Senegalese international Sadio Mane is also a prime candidate to get among the goals at St. James’ Park. The rapid attacker scored a beautiful goal against WBA on Sunday, and having poached three goals in his last two appearances against Newcastle, the 28-year-old should be ready to pounce again.
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