NEW vs LIV Dream11: Liverpool bring an unforgettable and historic 2020 to a close at St James' Park on Wednesday night as the champions take on Newcastle United. Both these sides are suffering from a large number of injury absentees heading into this one as the busy Christmas period starts to take its toll on teams in the Premier League. Liverpool saw Joel Matip become their latest central defender to be ruled out indefinitely after having to come off in the Reds’ 1-1 draw at home to West Brom last time out. This leaves them desperately short in that area of the pitch and Newcastle will be looking to take advantage. It would not be a surprise if Steve Bruce’s side find the net in this one when you consider the makeshift backline Liverpool will be forced to field in this game.
Newcastle vs Liverpool, Premier League
31st, December, 1:30 am (IST)
St. James' Park, Newcastle
NEW – D-W-W-D-D
LIV – L-L-D-L-W
Head-to-head: Liverpool have won 87 out of 179 previous meetings against Newcastle United. The Reds have lost 50 of those game against the Magpies.
Last meeting: Newcastle 1-3 Liverpool
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NEW vs LIV Prediction, Team News, Starting XI
A) Newcastle Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Jonjo Shelvey will miss this game against his former side with a groin injury. Ryan Fraser also has a groin problem and will miss this game.
Doubtful: Thiago Alcantara, though, could make his long-awaited return from injury, even though he is unlikely to start in NEW vs LIV Dream11 Prediction.
Expected changes: An unused substitute against City, look for Callum Wilson to return to the fold in midweek. Jamal Lewis, Sean Longstaff and Javier Manquillo are also options to start.
NEW Playing 11 (probable):
Darlow; Manquillo, Fernandez, Schar, Clark, Lewis; Ritchie, Longstaff, Hayden, Joelinton; Wilson
B) Liverpool Team News
Injury Report, Unavailability: Liverpool's injury concerns have been exacerbated by news that Naby Keita and Joel Matip could both be out for a few weeks with muscle injuries.
Doubtful: Both Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin are still said to be feeling the effects of COVID-19, and could continue to miss first-team action for the Magpies.
Expected changes: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Takumi Minamino and Neco Williams are options if Klopp looks to freshen things up.
LIV Playing 11 (probable):
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Fabinho, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
NEW vs LIV Today Match Prediction:
Liverpool are usually good at responding to disappointing results, although usually that comes at home after dropping points away from home whereas this is the other way around. We can see Newcastle scoring given Liverpool's deepening defensive injury crisis, but with the league's top scorer in Mohamed Salah and both Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino beginning to find form again. We predict a 2-0 win for Liverpool in the NEW vs LIV Today Match Prediction .
DEF: Yedlin, Schar, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips
MID: Miguel Almiron, Isaac Hayden, Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum
FW: Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah
NEW vs LIV Dream11, Captain & Differential Picks
Captain Options –
Callum Wilson – Wilson has 7 goals and a total of 22 shots on goals. This results in a goal conversion rate of 36.84%. He had a total of 17 big chances.
Sean Longstaff – Longstaff has a total of 1 blocks, 7 ariel duels and a total number of 11 tackle. He had a total of 5 big chances.
Sadio Mane – Mane has 6 goals and a total of 19 shots on goals. This results in a goal conversion rate of 15%. He had a total of 21 big chances.
Mohamed Salah – Salah has 13 goals and a total of 24 shots on goals. This results in a goal conversion rate of 27.08%. He had a total of 21 big chances.
Differential Picks –
Miguel Almiron – Almiron has a total of 2 blocks, 37 ariel duels and a total number of 48 tackles.
Gini Wijnaldum – Wijnaldum has 1 goal and a total of 4 shots on goals. This results in a goal conversion rate of 25%. He had a total of 4 big chances.