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Benitez to endure grim Anfield return

Benitez to endure grim Anfield return


Rafa Benitez is unlikely to enjoy his return to Liverpool when his Newcastle United side visit Anfield on Saturday.

The Spaniard managed to guide his team to a 1-1 draw against the Reds at St James’ Park in October but it is set to be a different proposition on Merseyside as Liverpool remain unbeaten in 14 top-flight matches on home soil this term.

Newcastle, 9/2 to be relegated this season, have not won at Anfield since 1995 and start the game only two points above the bottom three despite only losing two of their last 10 matches.

Liverpool can be backed at 7/1 to beat Newcastle 2-0 with Sadio Mane 17/4 to score the first goal.

Elsewhere, Burnley can bring their 11-match winless sequence to an end by beating an Everton team that have only triumphed once in 14 attempts away from Goodison Park this season.

There have only been 21 goals scored in the 14 Premier League games played at Turf Moor this term, so a 1-0 victory for Sean Dyche’s men at 11/2 seems the best bet.

Bournemouth showed great character to come back from two goals down to draw with Newcastle last weekend and can extend their recent fine run to just one defeat in 10 games by taking a point from Saturday’s encounter at Leicester City – available at 11/4.

It could also be a draw in the crunch relegation battle at St Mary’s between Southampton and Stoke City. Saints have drawn six of their last 10 games while Stoke have been held to three draws in their last four. A 1-1 draw on the south coast can be backed at 6/1.

Swansea City can move out of the bottom three by beating West Ham by a one-goal margin at 14/5, while Tottenham should be too good for Huddersfield at Wembley and are 19/10 to beat the Terriers with both teams to score.

Alan Pardew’s short tenure as West Brom manager could come to an end after Saturday’s game at Watford, who are 11/10 to beat the Baggies and 6/4 to keep a clean sheet in the encounter.


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Mark Race Having worked in the media for nearly 30 years, Mark knows his sport inside out and at all levels. An avid football fan, Mark also has serious knowledge of the tennis world and is quick to point out value bets in a number of other sports.