newcastle had bassong sent off against wigan and i think that severely affects their chances for tonight's game. in the absence of jose enrique, newcastle are likely to be forced to play edgar or n'zogbia there, resulting in a very makeshift defence, which is already missing the impressive habib beye. liverpool have shown how their attack can click even without fernando torres, and i think their good form will continue here to confirm that newcastle's run of form is well and truly over.
Eddy's prediction: $5 on liverpool -0.5 @ 1.80 = $9.00
Yup. With Bassong out due to a suspension and Beye out injured, Newcastle have defensive selection woes, probably playing N'Zogbia down the left and we all know that he isn't a very good defender, but he's awesome in attack. Newcastle will also be rather toothless in attack as Viduka is now out injured as well, leaving it up to the inexperienced Andy Carroll and the experienced-but-slow Michael Owen to unlock a Liverpool defence, which is rather solid. Liverpool have shown that with Gerrard and Alonso in central midfield, they can pretty much boss a game around and even if Sammy Lee rings the changes by bringing in the likes of Benayoun, I think Liverpool have enough quality to win this one.
Roland's prediction: $5 on Liverpool -0.5 @ 1.80 = $9.00