Another poor result at the weekend and not many punters predicted a win for Wigan at Anfield so there will plenty of burnt fingers in betting shops throughout the country. That loss meant that the bookies cut the odds of Kenny Dalglish being the next managerial casualty this season to just 13/2 from 20/1 but whatever happens in that respect is likely to happen in the summer so those odds make no appeal whatsoever. In the short term Liverpool face Newcastle at St James Park on Sunday and it’s certainly not going to be an easy game.
The bookies just about make Liverpool the favourites to win this match despite current form, Liverpool can be backed at 6.4 at the time of writing whilst Newcastle are slightly bigger at 19/10 best odds currently. The draw is priced up at 12/5 for those thinking neither team can pick up a win here. Newcastle come into this match on the back of a great 3-1 win at West Brom and that means Newcastle have earned almost three times as many points as Liverpool have from their last seven league games, Newcastle have eleven points in that time frame whilst Liverpool have managed just four.
The head to head record at St James Park between these two teams show a mixed record for both teams but certainly show why the Sky TV cameras will be at the match with high scoring matches a regularly occurrence between the teams. Last season the score was 3-1 to Newcastle whilst the season before Liverpool won this match 5-1 and 3-0 the season before that. That means the last five games between these teams at St James Park have all had over 2.5 goals and have produced a total of twenty goals. Over 2.5 goals is priced up at evens with some bookies and that is currently looking a good bet whilst over 3.5 goals should also be contemplated at 5/2.
If this game is to be high scoring the most likely winning scoreline for Liverpool could be a 2-1 win, that was last the score in this match in 1997 and is available at 17/2. The 3-1 win also looks worth taking under consideration and was a winning bet in 2006, 3-1 is 22/1 with some bookies at the time of writing. Meanwhile a high scoring draw would produce a bet at big odds, 2-2 is available at 14/1 ahead of this match whilst 3-3 is 80/1. If you fancy a repeat of the amazing 4-3 matches at Anfield in the 90s then you are looking at odds of 100/1 and with those games still relatively fresh in many fans’ minds that bet is sure to be popular this week.