The Tactics For Newcastle To Beat Liverpool On Saturday
The old cliché of ‘goals win games’ is a saying which many a player, coach, pundit and pretty much any other associate to the beautiful game, has brought up in preview to an upcoming match. But those words don’t ring truer than they will in regards to Newcastle’s next game at home to Liverpool.
The tie in itself is already one famous for its goals, with 1974 being the last year the two sides shared a 0-0 bore draw, and whilst goals are certainly guaranteed for this Saturday’s fixture; supporters of the Toon will be praying in desperation that at least one or two of them end up in the right net – avoiding a repeat of the Reds’ last visit to Tyneside.
With Newcastle’s recent spells of disturbingly self-destructive defensive play, coupled with the gelling of perhaps the most lethal current strike partnership in the Premier League set to have their way with The Magpies’ back four, any hope of getting anything at all from this weekend’s tie will rest on the shoulders of our forwards.
Brendan Rodgers’s Liverpool side sit joint top of the Barclays Premier League alongside Arsenal. The only two sides as of yet to take any points from Liverpool have been Swansea (in a 2-2 draw at the Liberty) and Southampton (who came away from Anfield with a superb 0-1 win last month). Looking at those sides in particular, The Saints currently boast the best defensive record in the league so far, while The Swans boast the likes of Wilfried Bony, Michu and co. to spearhead their line-up.
So the key to getting anything from the in-form Liverpool? Seemingly either a rock solid defence or a deadly attack.
We can most certainly rule out the first of those two as our tactic for the game, but with our very own in-form asset in the shape of Loic Remy (NUFC Win with a Remy goal 66/1) and the inconsistent maverick, though undoubted potential match winner, Hatem Ben Arfa (10/1 to score first goal) we may just have a chance if Pardew opts for the all out attack strategy, which personally I think we will need to get any points at all against Liverpool.
Fabricio Coloccini is now likely to be unavailable for the game also, leaving an even bigger look of concern on the faces of the St. James’ Park faithful, leaving two of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson to be given the task of stopping Sturridge and Suarez. Each Newcastle supporter will have his own opinion as for which two to pick, but for me if Willo can replicate his 2nd-half display at Everton, and Mapou’s pace can just about counter that of Sturridge, we might just hang in there.
Let us not forget that only 2 years ago Liverpool brought Luis Suarez up to the North-East and James Perch of all people kept the Uruguayan firmly in his pocket to see out a 2-0 (30/1 to repeat!) triumph!
With The Reds now adopting a 3-at-the-back formation to accommodate the new SAS partnership along with a 5-man midfield, deploying Hatem and Gouffran on the wings, with Cissé and Remy up top, and Cabaye hopefully pulling the strings in the middle like he did in the Welsh capital last time out, we might just nick the odd goal in a 5-4 (350/1!) win… you never know!
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