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P.J. Murray 30th Apr 2011 - 16:06

No silver lining for the Magpies

This will be the first meeting of Liverpool and Newcastle since they came together and smashed the British transfer record through the sale of Andy Carroll.

However through a cruel twist of fate, Carroll may not start against his former employers. The striker picked up an injury two weeks ago and he is still listed as doubtful.

The home side are short odds at 4/9 to get a win on Sunday, since a shaky start under Kenny Daglish the Pool have managed to regain some of their form and are an outside shot for a Europa League place.

Newcastle have easily secured their Premier League status for another season and despite the sale of their main goalscorer the Magpies have not suffered as many might have anticipated. The Geordies are 13/2 to come away from Anfield with all three points.  However their record in May isn't great and if you expect them to at least come away with a draw you can back Newcastle and the draw at 8/5.

Liverpool are the only Premier League side to have scored in all their games in 2011, The Reds are 5/4 to score in both halves against the Geordies.

Despite being a doubt to play we have priced Andy Carroll as 7/2 to score first and 10/11 to score anytime.

Dirk Kuyt has a good record against Newcastle, the Dutchman has netted four times in six starts against Newcastle and he is 6/5 to score again at anytime in this game.

But maybe the best bet for a goalscorer is Suarez who is 4/1 to score the first goal of the game. He has scored twice so far in the league and will certainly be the target man if Carroll fails to start.

Kevin Nolan, Carroll's former housemate and scoring partner has managed to fill the breach left and you can back him at 10/1 for first goalscorer.

Liverpool scored a somewhat controversial penalty against Arsenal at the Emirates recently and at 10/3 you can back a penalty to be awarded to either side in this game.

Jamie Carragher is set to make his 665th appearance in a red jersey, making him joint second on the all-time appearance list. The Scouser could mark this milestone with a goal and is 16/1 to score at anytime.

Liverpool smashed Birmingham in their last game while Newcastle dropped a one goal lead to draw with Blackpool.

You can back Liverpool to replicate the win against Birmingham and record another 5-0 win at 50/1. But at 15/2 2-1 might be a more of a realistic shout. Liverpool are 5/4 to win minus one goal and 10/3 to secure a win with a two goal deficit.

The Pool are 4/1 to come from behind and win while the visitors are 15/2 to do the same.

With nothing left to play for it's hard to envisage Newcastle putting up much of a challenge to Liverpool who could still be in with a chance of a European spot therefore the bet of the game is Liverpool to win minus two goals at 10/3.



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