Newcastle can take advantage of Crystal Palace‘s lengthy injury list by recording a crucial victory at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
Eagles boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed Bakary Sako will not play again this season after the striker suffered a serious ankle injury during Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham.
He joins Jeffrey Schlupp, Scott Dann, Jason Puncheon, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Connor Wickham in the Selhurst Park treatment room.
Newcastle don’t score many goals but can edge to a 1-0 victory, available at 19/2, as they did at Stoke City on New Year’s Day and against Palace at St James’ Park in October when Mikel Merino grabbed the only goal of the match.
The 21-year-old Spaniard, who is on a season-long loan at Newcastle from Borussia Dortmund, is 22/1 to repeat the trick by netting the first goal on Sunday while the Magpies are 57/20 to keep a clean sheet.
All the indications are that there will be more goals at Anfield than at Selhurst Park when Liverpool entertain Tottenham.
Only Manchester City have scored more goals than Jurgen Klopp’s side this season while Spurs have the third-best record alongside Manchester United, with 49 goals in their first 25 top-flight matches.
Liverpool are unbeaten at home this term and will be keen for revenge after they were thrashed 4-1 by Mauricio Pochettino’s team at Wembley in October.
The Reds have won five of their last six Premier League matches, with a shock setback at Swansea being their only recent defeat, while Spurs have picked up 23 points from their last 10 games and comfortably beat Manchester United 2-0 on Wednesday.
A victory for Liverpool and both teams to score is available at 9/4 while odds of 29/20 on over 3.5 goals in the encounter seem too good to ignore. Christian Eriksen is also good value at 11/1 to score the first goal.
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