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BETTING PREVIEW: LIVERPOOL vs NEWCASTLE

The race for a place in the top four will be on Liverpool’s minds when they host the in-form Newcastle United on Saturday.

The Reds were denied a win against Leeds last time out a result which leaves them two points behind Chelsea, who occupy fourth spot.

Leicester’s 3-0 win over West Brom has them sitting comfortably in third four points ahead of Chelsea.

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Between Liverpool in seventh and the Blues in fourth sit West Ham (tied with Chelsea) and Spurs (tied with Liverpool but have played a game in hand).

Again, the pre-match talk for the hosts will revolve around Jurgen Klopp plans to lay out his defence. It has been speculated that Fabinho will drop back into the backline to cover for  Nat Phillips, who is battling a hamstring strain picked up against Leeds.

The defensive unit has been ravaged by injuries has impacted how Klopp’s men go forward. If Fabinho is forced into his unfamiliar role, then Thiago is likely to start.

Also expected to start is Mohamad Salah, who was left on the bench initially against Leeds. Salah’s inclusion will no doubt see Diogo Jota forced into the substitutes.

Newcastle are on the up it would seem and have moved steadily away from the relegation zone.

The Magpies beat West Ham, doing Liverpool a big favour in their bid to claim Champions League qualification, in a 3-2 thriller.

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Newcastle are likely to recall Callum Wilson with Ryan Fraser also pushing for an inclusion. The bad news is that it appears Allan Saint-Maximin will not be fit after limping out of the Hammers win.

The Magpies are 15th and eight ahead of Fulham before kick-off.

They may stay rooted near the bottom as history leans towards a home victory; Newcastle are winless in their last 24 Premier League visits to Anfield.

The match kicks off at 1:30pm.

Suggested bet: Liverpool winning at half time at 1.64

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