BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson has given his latest Premier League predictions. He has Newcastle losing 2-0 to Liverpool at St. James’ Park on Wednesday.
This is his take on the match:
Newcastle have not had a great week but that won’t change their game plan against Liverpool, which will be to make it as difficult as possible for them – like West Brom did, really.
Liverpool got through the Baggies defence once early on and are usually relentless until the game is done and dusted, but they did not do enough in the second half to make the points safe.
I can’t see that happening again at St James’ Park.
West Brom, under Sam Allardyce, picked up a shocking point in a 1-1 draw at Anfield yesterday. After the match, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp referenced Big Sam’s park the bus tactics.
Here is what Klopp said after yesterday’s match:
“It’s not the first time in my life we haven’t won a game we should have won.
“It’s not like we are all depressed or whatever.
“The boys are more angry than anything else because they know it was not perfect. Now we have the next game in three days (at Newcastle United on Wednesday).
“We don’t live in dreamland where we just win games because we want to win them, we have to work for it, play for it and finish situations and pass at the right moment. The boys are able to do that.
“West Brom had a new manager and played a first half I haven’t seen a lot too many times in my life with a 6-4-0. That’s completely fine.
“We have to be disciplined in a different way. We have to be offensive, active and creative, and defend. We could have done that better tonight.”
As Lawro states, Newcastle’s approach will be similar to the one at Manchester City on Saturday. Bruce will hope to have the same success West Brom had in frustrating the potent Liverpool attackers.
It’s probably not the time to take on Liverpool, who missed a chance to cushion their lead at the top of the table. They are now just 3 points ahead of Merseyside rivals, Everton.
We could see a very focused and determined Liverpool on Wednesday, who got only two shots on target against West Brom. With this match coming only three days later, Liverpool will still be seething.
As for Newcastle, the approach will be the same as against Manchester City, which to be honest is the same in almost every match. Newcastle will sit back, soak up pressure, and hope to strike on the break.
Mark Lawrenson doesn’t see a repeat performance from Liverpool on Wednesday at St. James’ Park. This match is likely to be another one of damage limitation for Newcastle United. But you never know what can happen in the Premier League.