Newcastle – Liverpool | 30/12/2020

Liverpool bring an unforgettable and historic 2020 to a close at St James’ Park on Wednesday night as the champions take on Newcastle United. Jurgen Klopp’s side will be looking to return to winning ways after a disappointing draw with West Bromwich Albion last time out, while Newcastle are now winless in four across all competitions.

After losing on a Boxing Day for a PL-record 15th time last time out, Newcastle United now face a tough match against league-leaders Liverpool – a team they’ve lost five straight H2Hs against. A four-game winless run in all competitions entering this clash (D1, L3) is worrying form, even more so considering at St James’ Park, Newcastle are currently enduring a run of 11 PL games without a clean sheet – their longest such streak since February 2005.

Newcastle’s home form has been as mid-table as it gets so far (W3, D1, L3), although the fact they’ve picked up a penalty in three of their last six top-flight games here – as many as they managed in their 58 PL home matches prior – shows they have been causing a nuisance to away sides.

Liverpool will have been bitterly disappointed with their 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened West Brom at the weekend, a result that gave the reigning champions their sixth winless game of the league season (W9, D5, L1) – the same number they accumulated during the entirety of their PL winning campaign last term. Still, they can take solace from their league-leading average of 2.47 goals scored per match.

That average was aided by a spectacular PL-club record 7-0 win in Liverpool’s last away game – a result that showed their creativity across the pitch as for the first time in PL history seven different players from the same side provided an assist in a single game. However that was just Liverpool’s second PL away win this term (W2, D4, L1), and the first in which they led at the break (HT: W1, D4, L2).

 

Date: 30/12/2020
Time: 23:00
Venue: St. James’ Park (Newcastle)
Pick for this match:
“Both team to score YES” – @ 1.95 ( betwinner )

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