Liverpool - Newcastle Betting Preview: Expect early goals at Anfield

With the Reds relying on Manchester City to slip up on the final day of the Premier League season, our tipster is backing an open match from the first whistle on Sunday
After a loss and a draw in their last two matches, Liverpool may have thrown away their title chances. Brendan Rodgers's men play Newcastle on the final day of the season on Sunday, hoping that West Ham can beat Man City, with the Reds then being able to take the title by winning at Anfield.

Everything was looking rosy for Rodgers's side as them came to their final match of April, with Chelsea the visitors.

However, a well-drilled Jose Mourinho side came out on top which meant that Liverpool were no longer in the driving seat in the race for the title. With the Reds then throwing away a three-goal lead against Crystal Palace to concede three in nine minutes, City were almost gifted the league, with Manuel Pellegrini's men now having the trophy in their hands.

Liverpool will still have a job to do against Newcastle in case of an upset at the Etihad Stadium, though, and bet365 price the Reds at 1/5 (1.20) to win the match.

Newcastle will be glad to see the back of this season after struggling for form in the second half of the campaign. With seven losses in their last nine league games, the pressure is well and truly on Alan Pardew. With a top-10 finish guaranteed for the Newcastle, they have nothing to play for on Sunday. bet365 price them at 12/1 (13.00) to win, with the same firm pricing the draw at 11/2 (6.50).

With Liverpool needing a victory to give them any hope of winning the league, it is tough to see past them in this fixture, with Newcastle in woeful form.

With no value to be found backing them outright, it is worth looking at the first-half goals market, which has proved a profitable way in Liverpool matches this season.

The over 1.5 first-half goals bet at 5/6 (1.83) is certainly worth backing with bet365. This bet would have landed in eight of the Reds' last 10 home games and, with Liverpool maybe looking to put early pressure on Manchester City, expect them to come out of the blocks firing.

Over 1.5 first half goals for a 1.5pt stake at 5/6 (1.83) with bet365

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