Newcastle entertain Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday night, kicking off at 7:45pm local time at St James’ Park.

It’s a free hit for the hosts who already have Premier League status confirmed for next season, but the visitors still have a chance of winning the league, but they must win this encounter.

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Home Team: Newcastle United

Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has done another splendid job as Newcastle boss, as he has kept them comfortably safe in the Premier League once again this season. He remarked back in the autumn that they’ll need a ‘miracle’ in order to stay up, but that has proven not to case as they have been in decent form since the turn of the new year.

It’ll be fascinating to see how prepared this Newcastle side will be for the match, as they could effectively be ‘on the beach’, but I have a feeling that Benitez will want to get one-over his ex-club. In Newcastle’s last home match, Ayoze Perez scored a hat-trick as they beat Southampton 3-1, and he was on the target again in last week’s draw at Brighton, and at Leicester the week before.

Can he score for a fourth game in a row?

Away Team: Liverpool

Liverpool have had a sensational season, but they could end up this season without any trophies. Despite their brilliance, they are still waiting for Manchester City to slip up in the league, and were 2nd best against Barcelona in midweek – with their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread.

That defeat at Barcelona was their first loss in all competitions since the beginning of the calendar year, and can consider themselves somewhat unfortunate. Lionel Messi proved to be the difference in that match, and before they can fire themselves up for the 2nd leg, they need to get a victory at a tough away ground here. Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane are competition with each other to get the top goal scorer award in this campaign, with 21 and 20 goals respectively.

Can they score again this weekend to keep their title ambitions alive?

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Head to Head

If this game was to be played at Anfield, it would be a foregone conclusion, as Newcastle haven’t won away in this fixture since 1994. However, at Newcastle, the hosts have had some decent results to celebrate in recent years. Liverpool had won 6-0 at St James’ Park back in 2013, but haven’t beaten them since in the last four meetings.

Newcastle held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw last season, as well as beating them in 2014 and 2015. In the reverse fixture this season, Liverpool cruised past Newcastle in a 4-0 win on Boxing Day.

Predictions and Betting Tips

Newcastle are at 15/2 to get a victory, or 19/5 to earn themselves a draw.

For the visitors to keep their title charge up, they are at 4/11. With this match being played between two Barcelona matches, I believe Liverpool may struggle, but ultimately get over the line in a 1-0 victory, at 6/1.

My tip for the goal scorer will be Sadio Mane, who continuously gets the big goals for the club, and he is at 23/20 to score at any time, or 10/3 to score first. As I said, Newcastle may frustrate, so it may be worth betting on them to draw at half time at 11/8 or even lead at half time by 1-0 at 8/1.

Finally, if Liverpool were to goa goal down, you’d fancy them to fight back as they always do, so backing them to win from behind at 9/1 is a wise choice.

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