Newcastle vs Liverpool (Wednesday, 20:00)
Liverpool will be looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle on Wednesday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s star-studded side were held to a 1-1 draw at home to West Brom on Sunday and that shock setback saw the Red miss the chance to put a bigger gap between themselves and the chasing pack.
Newcastle, meanwhile, have lost three of their last four matches across all competitions and are heading into this clash on the back of a 2-0 Boxing Day defeat at Man City
The pressure is mounting on Magpies boss Steve Bruce and he can expect little respite when Liverpool come to Tyneside this midweek.
The Reds are red-hot favourites to rebound at a general 2/7, however, there is an alternative angle that has caught my eye in the card market.
Bruce’s boys are averaging 1.93 bookings per game this season and they have received two or more cards in five of their seven home games so far.
Away from home Liverpool are drawing two yellows per 90 minutes from their opponents on average and I reckon a repeat here represents value at evens with Sky Bet
The reigning champions are expected to dominate the ball for long stages at St James’ and it’s worth noting that the above-mentioned betting angle has banked in ten of the Toon’s 14 top-flight tussles this term.
What’s more, card-happy referee Paul Tierney will take charge of this fixture – Tierney’s 4.33 bookings per game average is the second-highest in the division – and the Wigan-born whistler has shown the home side two or more cautions in seven of the nine Premier League matches that he has officiated this season.
- Newcastle 20+ Booking Points (1/1, Sky Bet)