Top-four hopefuls Newcastle United and Liverpool meet in Sunday’s late game and both sides will see the game as the chance to get one over on one of their rivals.
Both have done good business in adding pace to their squads over the summer, while the return of Luis Diaz after an injury-plagued 2022-23 has undoubtedly boosted the Reds’ attack.
With Alexander Isak and Anthony Gordon available for the hosts, this could be an extremely open encounter, with cards likely to be on the agenda.
Both teams to score
Newcastle are still to keep a clean sheet this season, beating Aston Villa 5-1 before going down 1-0 at Manchester City.
Goals have also been a feature of Liverpool’s outings this term, drawing 1-1 at Chelsea and then defeating Bournemouth 3-1.
Both teams to score punts have landed in each of Liverpool’s matches so far and despite the skinny odds, backing it here provides every chance of getting this Bet Builder off to a winning start.
Luis Diaz anytime goalscorer
Keeping Diaz fit could be critical to Liverpool’s chances this season and he has rebounded from a tough time with injury by scoring against both Chelsea and Bournemouth.
That has taken his tally to 10 in 32 league appearances for the Reds and it would be no surprise to see him hit double figures for 2023-24.
Diaz’s pace and trickery make him a handful and his ability to score all kinds of goals make him a real contender to strike at St James’.
Joelinton to be booked
Joelinton deserves credit for turning his career around on Tyneside and the added aggression he has brought to the Magpies’ midfield since Eddie Howe moved him into the engine room has undoubtedly provided his team with additional drive.
However, he does have a penchant for finding himself in the referee’s notebook, picking 12 cautions last season, the second-highest in the league.
Joelinton was also booked in both games against Liverpool during the 2021-22 season and seems a natural candidate to be carded.
Bruno Guimaraes to be booked
On a similar theme, Newcastle’s other Brazilian could also be in bother, with Bruno Guimaraes having received bookings in both of his side’s games so far this season.
Like Joelinton, Bruno is always eager to put his foot in and the pace of the Reds’ midfield trio may see him have to take evasive action after being caught on the wrong side of the ball.
Although he often plays deep, the 25-year-old sometimes lacks defensive nous, an issue that could be punished by a third yellow of the campaign.