A-League Round 19 - Newcastle v Melbourne Victory (Saturday 5:35pm AEDT)
Newcastle are set to continue their fairytale run this season when they host Melbourne Victory on Saturday afternoon at McDonald Jones Home Stadium.
Last season's wooden spooners have found a new lease of life under Ernie Merrick, establishing themselves in the top two for most of the campaign while also breaking their record for most goals in a single season - and there's still nine rounds to go!
The Jets play an expansive brand of football and have taken the second most points at home this season behind runaway league leaders, Sydney FC.
Newcastle have been given a significant boost heading into the game also with prolific striker Roy O'Donovan returning after suffering a groin injury in early December.
There is no doubt that Melbourne Victory will be more than competitive, however, last week's 3-1 loss to Sydney FC at AAMI Park proved there are still a few pieces missing for Kevin Muscat's side and the departure of Socceroos vice-captain Mark Milligan won't have helped the cause.
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EPL Round 26 - Liverpool v Tottenham (Monday 3:30am AEDT)
The Reds are looking good to assert their authority in the top four when they host Spurs in the game of the round this weekend in the English Premier League.
Liverpool ($2.05) are favourites at TAB despite having suffered a 4-1 defeat to Tottenham earlier in the season at Wembley Stadium. That performance was one of their worst in recent times but was also the catalyst for a revival in form, leading to an 18-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
All three of Liverpool's losses this season have come away from home and I am tipping there will be a get square in this match. If you look at their worst loss of the campaign, the 5-nil drubbing at Manchester City, the Reds bounced back with an impressive 4-1 win in the reverse fixture at Anfield a few weeks ago.
Jurgen Klopp's men are one of only two sides not to lose at home this season (seven wins and five draws) along with Manchester City. Even though Tottenham are just two points behind the Reds and are coming into this off a 2-nil win against Manchester United on Thursday, their record at Anfield over the years suggests they will be facing a different beast to the one they handled back in October.