Newcastle-Liverpool Betting Preview: Expect the Magpies to strike after half-time

Despite their impressive start to the season, Brendan Rodgers’ men have often been troubled in the second half and Al Hain-Cole expects them to concede after the break

Liverpool will be hoping to move top of the Premier League table when they travel to St. James’ Park to take on Newcastle in Saturday’s early kick-off.

With leaders Arsenal not in action until later in the day, Brendan Rodgers’ men will be looking to apply the pressure at the summit and are favourites at 17/20 (1.85) with Betway to claim maximum points on Tyneside.

However, their hosts have won five of their last seven matches in all competitions and are available at 3/1 (4.00) to avenge last season’s 6-0 home defeat with victory this time out.

Just one of the last 16 encounters between these sides has finished in a draw, but you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on this one finishing all square.

The return of Luis Suarez from suspension has visibly lifted the Reds over the past couple of games, with his three goals helping them to bounce back from two Premier League fixtures without a win by overcoming both Sunderland and Crystal Palace.

This extra cutting edge could not have come at a better time for the visitors, as the watertight defending that saw them open the season with three consecutive clean sheets seems to have deserted them over recent matches, as they have now conceded in each of the last five.

Rodgers’ side seem particularly vulnerable after the break, with seven of the eight goals they have conceded this campaign being scored in the second half.

With this in mind, it would be no surprise if Alan Pardew’s men put in a similar performance to the one in their recent defeat to Everton, when they went in 3-0 down at half-time before almost staging a comeback with two strikes in the second period.

Considering over half of the Magpies’ goals this season have come after the break, odds of 11/10 (2.10) are surely too good to miss on them finding the net in the second period against a team who have failed to keep a second-half clean sheet in any of their last five matches.

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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