Liverpool are firm favourites for this one, even if Liverpool rest a handful of their top players ahead of their Europa League semi-final.
Liverpool against Newcastle United has traditionally been an enjoyable and passionate fixture between two teams who like to play football, and one has to go all the way back to 1974 for the last 0-0 draw between the two teams.
This fixture has meaning for both teams. Liverpool are still trying to reach Europe next year, with the Reds in the running for a berth in the Europa League next year, with a place in the Champions League not inconceivable. However, this game comes less than a week before the first leg of Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final with Villarreal at the El Madrigal.
Judging by Jurgen Klopp’s recent team selection around big European games it is unlikely he will risk all his top players for this game. The bad news for Newcastle is that even when Liverpool play their reserve team, as they did recently against AFC Bournemouth, they can still match many teams in the league.
Newcastle are in a major relegation scrap with Norwich and Sunderland for the one remaining spot in next year’s Premier League. Two of these teams will almost certainly join Aston Villa in the Championship next season, so every point is extra valuable at this point and can be the difference between survival and relegation.
The Geordies do manage to score more often than their position would warrant, and have outscored many of their fellow lower table strugglers. Nevertheless, they have conceded the second most in the league, only slightly ahead of the hapless Aston Villa.