Harry Redknapp and son Jamie have both been predicting what will happen this afternoon at St James Park.
Whilst Harry Redknapp goes for a close run 2-1 win to Liverpool, Jamie sees it as being a game full of goals with Coloccini playing a starring role in a Newcastle defence which will gift a minimum of a couple of goals.
Jamie Redknapp thinks Liverpool will win the match but does look at it as the type of fixture where Newcastle have pulled a result out of the bag when they most needed it. He points to the draw with Chelsea earlier this season and the victory over the blues last season as evidence of that.
He could of course also mentioned that 1-0 win less than a year ago in this fixture, though Liverpool were poor that day and that Ayoze Perez inspired win was part of the mini run of wins that ended up keeping Newcastle up.
You also have to consider that is it the mind playing tricks? So yes Jamie Redknapp, like the rest of us, can pick out these odd results against the better teams but do those victories actually happen so often in reality?
It is a ridiculous amount of time since Newcastle beat either Manchester City or Arsenal in the league, whilst the record against Manchester United is pretty dismal overall.
One thing I can definitely agree with Jamie Redknapp about, is when he says if there is no quick improvement then Newcastle could well be set adrift at the bottom with only Villa for company.
Jamie Redknapp talking to Sky Sports:
“I just hope from Steve McClaren’s point of view that his players weren’t watching that game (Liverpool beating Southampton 6-1 after making seven changes) on Wednesday night).
“Liverpool are on fire at the minute but this is the sort of game that Newcastle, throughout the last few years, is where we start to write them off and think they can’t get a result – they seem to produce something.
“They did it earlier in the season against Chelsea, they did it last year when they beat Chelsea, and they are capable. It is not like they have got a team of players who can’t perform, they have got a team full of internationals. So if they could muster some kind of performance, they could cause Liverpool problems.
“I think Liverpool will win but surely Newcastle have to improve, or else they are going to get cut adrift with Aston Villa and suddenly six or seven points behind (safety).
“I just look at that Newcastle back four though with Coloccini...they are guaranteed to gift you a couple of goals.
“A good history in this fixture with a lot of goals and I can see this being a good one.”
Harry Redknapp writing on his blog:
“Newcastle 1–2 Liverpool – Liverpool are in such good form away from home so you’d have to fancy them to win there.”