Newcastle – Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp’s stung Liverpool heads north to meet Steve Bruce’s disheveled Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Wednesday (start time 3pm ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).
Liverpool drew West Brom 1-1 on Sunday in a sloppy performance, wasting a dominant first half when Semi Ajayi headed the Baggies level late in the game.
Newcastle is dealing with sickness physically and form-wise, the COVID-hit Magpies winless in four across all competitions. They have not beaten Liverpool in seven tries, losing 3-1 both times last season, and Steve Bruce has only two wins against the Reds in 10 tries dating back to the start of the 2010s.
Liverpool is without Joel Matip after the center back suffered an adductor injury and left the draw with West Brom. With Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk injured Liverpool, Nat Phillips starts for the Reds. Midfielder Thiago Alcantara returns to the bench.
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The line-up for our final game of 2020 💪 #NEWLIV
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 30, 2020
Newcastle’s woes are deep as stars Allan Saint-Maximin and Jamaal Lascelles deal with long-lingering effects of COVID-19. Ryan Fraser is also injured and goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is still working his way back to fitness. Paul Dummett and Jeff Hendrick were ill and missed the Man City loss.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 30, 2020
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Liverpool is -358 to take all three points with anything for Newcastle quite the longshot. A Magpies win bags +850 while a draw is worth +450.
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Liverpool rarely misfires twice in-a-row. Dropping points in back-to-back league matches has happened once this year but the loss to Aston Villa and Everton draw were separated by an international break. It’s only occurrence last year came after Liverpool had clinched the league (draw with Burnley, loss at Arsenal). The Reds have won five-straight against the Magpies and are unbeaten in seven, and Klopp’s men should continue both runs. Newcastle 1-3 Liverpool.
How to watch Newcastle – Liverpool stream, start time
Kickoff: 3pm ET Wednesday
TV Channel: NBCSN
Stream: Online via NBCSports.com