STATS: Why Newcastle v Liverpool will be must-see TV

Two proud clubs collide on Saturday lunch-time and the action could prove frenetic.

Following an international break that provided a number of entrants into next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil, the stage is set for more competitive action this weekend, this time club football, with two teams who have enjoyed goal-happy encounters in the past introducing the eighth round of Premier League matches.

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Liverpool travel to Newcastle United with a good record on Tyneside having won ten of their last 14 league games against the Magpies (recording only three losses). A goal-less draw between the two is something of a rarity and, just last season, Liverpool defeated the black-and-white by a 6-0 scoreline in United's own back-yard.

If there is one fixture in the Premier League calender that guarantees a festival of goals, it's the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur (125 in total), however, what is oft forgotten - or at least overlooked - is that they are only top by a hat-trick… as Newcastle and Liverpool combine for a current tally of 122.

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Steven Gerrard, who scored the second for England in a captain fantastic performance against Poland midweek, will have added individual incentive to get in on the action should a goal-to-goal game ensue as the talismanic Reds midfielder could become a Premier League-scoring centurion - he is currently on 99.

Added reasons for a goal-glut on the horizon include the presence of in-form hitmen such as Loic Remy: five goals, one assist (an efficiency rate of one goal/assist every 55 minutes in the league) and six chances created; Luis Suarez: three goals (one every 60 minutes) as well as three chances created in 180 minutes and Daniel Sturridge: six goals and two assists (one every 78.5 minutes) with five chances created in 628 minutes.

Oh, and if that wasn't enough… Liverpool are undefeated on the road, have returned six goals and conceded thrice in three away games while Newcastle have also scored and conceded a total of six from their three home matches.


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