The England global is yet to start a game since a red card against Tottenham on the Premier League opening day landed him with a three-match ban.
After securing a point against Liverpool, Benitez declared himself satisfied with Newcastle's solid start to the campaign. The Magpies haven't been spectacular or flashy this season―six goals scored and five conceded―but their simple approach has served them well.
The Magpies have won their last two league fixtures at home, and they would be looking to take advantage of Reds' bad run of form on Sunday. But that's not an entirely accurate presumption. Away to Manchester City, Mohamed Salah squandered a couple of good scoring chances before rout began and, for the draws with Watford and Burnley, Liverpool outshot their opponents but failed to capitalise.
Sadio Mane, returning from suspension, is 9/2 to score the last goal of the game.
They also have Dwight Gayle, who has been a bit of a bogeyman to Liverpool in the past, along with ex-Red Jonjo Shelvey.
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Joselu's pass completion rate is 64%, meaning he misplaces the ball almost 4 times out of 10 when his teammates find him.
Speaking in his column for the Daily Mirror, Collymore believes that with so many modern-day footballers finding themselves in academies at a young age, it leads to many of them becoming somewhat mollycoddled to the stage where they are- as Collymore puts it 'men-children'. His finishing though needs improving. But I think it was maybe not one game and more of a development which the Bayern bosses decided this.
Matt Ritchie's tussle with his compatriot Andy Robertson (possibly) will be a key battle.
"We all know these boys will score".
United are ninth in the Premier League table with seven games played. Newcastle's best hope is arguably deliveries from the wide areas as they have the height in Joselu and in Perez, someone who can feed on the second ball.
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