Liverpool-Newcastle United Betting Preview: Expect early goals at Anfield this Sunday

With the Reds relying on Manchester City to slip up on the final day of the season, our tipster is backing an open match from the first whistle

After a loss and a draw in their last two matches, Liverpool may have thrown away their title chances. Brendan Rodgers’ men play Newcastle United on the final day of the season, hoping that West Ham United can do them a massive favour by beating leaders Man City.

Everything was looking rosy for the Reds as they came to their final match of April, with Chelsea the visitors at Anfield. However, a well-drilled Jose Mourinho side came out on top, which meant Liverpool were no longer in the driving seat in the race for the title. With the Reds then throwing away a three-goal lead against Crystal Palace by conceding three times in nine minutes, City have been effectively gifted the league, with Manuel Pellegrini’s men now needing only to win at home at the weekend to be crowned champions.

Liverpool, however, still have a job to do against Newcastle just in case there is an upset in Eastlands. Bet365 price the Reds at 1/5 (1.20) to win the match.

Newcastle will be glad to see the back of this season after struggling for form in the second half of the campaign. With seven losses in their last nine league games, the pressure is well and truly on Alan Pardew. With a top-10 finish guaranteed for the Newcastle, they have nothing to play for on Sunday. Bet365 price them at 12/1 (13.00) to win, with the same firm pricing the draw at 11/2 (6.50).

With Liverpool needing a victory to give them any hope of winning the league, it’s tough to see past them in this fixture, with Newcastle in woeful form.

With no value to be found backing them outright, it’s worth looking at the first-half goals market, which has proved a profitable way in Liverpool matches this season.

The over 1.5 first half goals at 5/6 (1.83) is certainly worth backing . This bet would have landed in eight of the Reds’ last 10 home games, and with Liverpool maybe looking to put early pressure on Manchester City, expect them to come out of the blocks firing.

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