Newcastle’s woes will worsen when they travel to Liverpool

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Things couldn’t be more different for the two teams as Liverpool prepare to host Newcastle for the latest instalment of Monday Night Football.

When the pair did battle in early November the Magpies’s win was the third in a string of six on the spin Alan Pardew compiled for the north east club, while the loss was a first in a four game winless streak that saw them slip as low as 12th in the table.

As it turned out, 12th would be the deepest of the depths the Reds would slip to in the top-flight this term, as they quickly recovered to put a mammoth run of form together to challenge for a Champions League spot.

Contrastingly, Pardew left St James’ Park for the more appreciative pastures at Crystal Palace and the Geordies, under John Carver’s temporary watch, have slid like an unfortunate Snakes and Ladders player.

Newcastle arrive at Anfield having won just once in their last six Premier League outings and are in real danger of being sucked into the relegation battle as the current strugglers start to kick out.

Their recent record in the red stadium of Merseyside doesn’t bode well for a recovery either, as they can add a long-running dose of defensive instability to their recent horrendous form.

They’ve shipped at least one goal in all of their last 19 visits to Anfield and have managed just two clean sheets in their last 19 games in the Premier League.

It’s 1/9 that the hosts find the back of the net once again, but given such a slanted case in their favour, taking the 4/9 on them winning the match is a far juicier choice.

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