Newcastle - too strong for Liverpool - 05/12/2003
Without wanting to tempt fate, Iím confident of a Newcastle victory tomorrow Ė even more so after hearing that Harry Kewell is to be missing with an ankle injury. Liverpool were very poor at St. James last season, and Iím sure theyíll want to improve on that performance. Once again they are missing Michael Owen Ė the one player who can really frighten the Newcastle defence.
For me, Alan Shearer will be the man tomorrow. Heís up against a bit of a make shift Liverpool defence, and heíll give Igor Biscan the run around. Traore isnít a world beater and thereís talk that Liverpool might be giving a game to young Jon Otsemobor. With Laurent Robert getting a recall I can see a game with plenty of chances Ė something that Alan Shearer will welcome!!
The race of fourth place is the only Premiership target that remains realistic for the two side tomorrow, itís effectively a six pointer. I know that teams such as Birmingham, Charlton, and Fulham are up there at present, but surely itíll come down to the two Northern football cities. No disrespect, but I just canít imagine the aforementioned clubs playing in the Champions League. Itís by no means make or break tomorrow, but when Al was interviewed after last weeks draw at Molineux he said that he hoped the two dropped points wouldnít come back to haunt him. Well, losing tomorrow could be far more costly Ė not that I think thatíll happen.
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