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Liverpool vs Newcastle United - 12/26/18 English Premier League Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The league leaders, Liverpool, are set to host Newcastle United on Boxing Day at Anfield for a fixture in the English Premier League.

Newcastle United only managed a 0-0 draw in their previous match as they hosted Fulham at St James Park. It was a very disappointing performance by the Magpies and it showed their attacking problems as they failed to score against one of the weakest defences in the league. During the draw, Newcastle United managed to control 54% of the ball and had 9 shots but didn’t have any shots on target. The likes of Rondon and Perez have been very poor all season and I am expecting them to struggle in this match considering Liverpool have a very strong back 4 and goalkeeper.

In comparison, Liverpool had a comfortable away game at Wolves over the weekend as the Reds won 2-0 to extend their lead to 4 points at the top of the Premier League table. It was a solid performance by Liverpool as the controlled over 65% of the ball while producing many chances for the strikers. Mo Salah looks to be back in form as the superstar striker scored the first goal for Liverpool. The goalkeeper also had a good game as he stopped 5 shots from the Wolves strikers. It was a very simple win for Liverpool and they will be confident as they head into this fixture at home.

Taking all the facts into consideration, I am picking Liverpool to win this match. Liverpool are a much stronger side and I see them having too much talent to be challenged by a struggling Newcastle United team. With this match being played at Anfield, I see Liverpool winning this match with ease and getting another 3 points to continue their lead in the Premier League. 

Pick:
Liverpool

Based in multiple cities around the world, Avijoy is a sports writer and handicapper with over 10 years experience. Avijoy has been at Sports Chat Place since 2015 and has been covering tennis, cricket and soccer. With a degree in statistics, Avijoy provides detailed mathematical edges which allow him to be successful in predicting winners on a consistent basis.   

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