To be played on Saturday 19th October 2013 at 12:45.
Newcastle 17/5, Draw 14/5, Liverpool 10/11
Last season 0-6
Newcastle will be going into this game hoping there is no repeat of their last meeting at St James’ Park last season, odds of that incidentally are as long as 300/1. The Toon are currently sitting in 11th place having picked up ten points from their first seven games, whilst their opponents are only second in the Premier League table by virtue of goals scored after collecting 16 points from seven games. The last time there was a goalless draw between those two sides was in 1974, so having said that this probably has 0-0 written all over it.
In terms of team news, Liverpool will be pretty encouraged with left-back Aly Cissokho and midfielder Joe Allen both set to be available for selection whilst right-back Glen Johnson is back in full training but there is a slight question mark over whether he will make the starting eleven for the trip to the North East. Midfielder Lucas Leiva is likely to be welcomed back into the side after missing the win against Crystal Palace through suspension.
For Newcastle, it is a case of one centre-half out and one in it would seem. Fabricio Coloccini is said to be out through injury whilst Steven Taylor could return to the side along with Massadio Haidara.
Loic Remy is Newcastle’s top scorer with five league goals, whilst Daniel Sturridge has six league goals so far for Liverpool this season.
Newcastle’s home record: Played 3, Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 1, Goals For 3, Goals Against 3
Liverpool’s away record: Played 3, Won 2, Drawn 1, Lost 0, Goals For 6, Goals Against 3
Newcastle had 43% of the possession in their last match. A 2-1 win at Cardiff City.
Liverpool had 61% of the possession in their last match. A 3-1 home win over Crystal Palace.
Newcastle’s last six games: 3 wins, 1 Draws, 2 Lost
Liverpool’s last six games: 4 wins, 1 Draw, 1 Lost
Five players to watch:
With Fabricio Coloccini suffering an injury, and Taylor seemingly winning a battle to be fit for Saturday, the responsibility would fall on him to stop the duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge from firing for the visitors.
He’s had what could be described as a frosty welcome at the home of his former club in the past couple of seasons. But with Aly Cissokho seemingly fit and raring to go, if Enrique keeps his place in the side this weekend, a lot will ride on the 90 minutes for him to pin it down and make it his own.
Newcastle’s only summer signing is proving to be one of the smartest pieces of business of the whole transfer window, and he will be looking to continue the same kind of goalscoring form he had just before the international break, as he has found the net five times during his last three appearances.
Anyone that has wanted to sing the praises of Sturridge will have seen his phenomenal goal record since arriving at Liverpool. He has six goals in seven league games this season. Since arriving at Anfield he has got 19 goals in 25 matches.
Given their partnership since the Uruguayan returned to the side from suspension, it is hard to mention Sturridge without Suarez. He also came up with a bit of magic against Newcastle last season, what odds he does that again?
Last time they met
Newcastle 0-6 Liverpool – Premier League April 2013
It was the first game Liverpool had without Luis Suarez after he was banned for ten games for biting an opponent, and on this day it didn’t look as though he would be missed. Though it must be said, Newcastle were poor and sliding towards the relegation zone at the time. Daniel Agger opened the scoring with a looping header before Daniel Sturridge slipped in Jordan Henderson to double their lead. Sturridge got a brace after the break, before Fabio Borini scored his first league goal for Liverpool before Mathieu Debuchy was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Henderson then put away the resulting free-kick to round off the scoring. The result for Liverpool meant they still had a chance of grabbing sixth placed from local rivals Everton.
What is your prediction for the game?