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Can Newcastle manage to upset Premier League giants Liverpool?
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The big fixture of gameweek three is when Newcastle take on Liverpool tonight at the St James' Park in what will be a fascinating encounter.

In their most recent fixture, Newcastle were beaten 1-0 by Premier League title holders Manchester City while Liverpool came from behind to mount a comeback against Bournemouth to defeat them 3-1 at Anfield. Most Newcastle fans might have embarked on their journeys to the Etihad quietly hopeful of slaying a Manchester City side that was reeling from the effects of their UEFA Super Cup exploits especially after hitting Aston Villa for five during a vibrant attacking display on the opening day. The Magpies demonstrated their attacking and defending prowess in the City encounter but the Citizens outsmarted them to win the fixture with only a goal. 

The Magpies now enter the third game of the season sitting on eighth place in the EPL table although the standings count for little or nothing at this early stage. Newcastle now have only one clean sheet in their past thirteen Premier League affairs. On the flip side, however, they have only been beaten three times at St James' Park in the Premier League since the start of 2022, although two of those defeats have come against Liverpool. The Magpies are seen as upcoming serious title contenders especially after they managed to finish at fourth place last season to secure a place in the UEFA Champions League tournament. 

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Liverpool's distinct lack of a defensive presence in midfield was being exposed in their game against Bournemouth after they conceded a goal in the first three minutes but the Reds soon found their rhythm and fought back through Luis Diaz's strike, Mohammed Salah's penalty rebound, and Diogo Jota's goal. Even a second-half red card that was given to Alexis Mac Allister which has since been rescinded did not affect their momentum in the final hour. Allison Becker had to step up for the occasion, however, as he had to bail his side out on a couple of occasions in the dying embers to help the Reds get the much-needed three points after they had drawn in their first game against Chelsea. 

The Reds now have an unbeaten run of 13 Premier League games and they will be aiming to extend that streak when they face Newcastle tonight. They are yet to lose since April's thumping in the hands of their bitter rivals Manchester City. Liverpool's 113 goals against Newcastle is their most against a single opponent in the Premier League era. The Reds defeated Newcastle 2-0 at St James' Park last time out while the Magpies succumbed to a late Fabio Carvalho goal in the return fixture. Whatever outcome tonight's fixture may have in store, football enthusiasts are looking forward to what will be a promising and thrilling Premier League clash.

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