Predicted Liverpool and Newcastle United XI: Balotelli to start?

Match to be played on Saturday 1st November 2014 at 12:45. Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle.

Liverpool are arguably facing Newcastle United at the worst time. Not only do Brendan Rodgers's side desperately crave victory, but Alan Pardew's Magpies are on hot form as the Tyneside outfit have risen from the depths of the division to start threatening the mid-table region - a place the Reds could find themselves if they do not pick up a victory.

Newcastle have great momentum and even fringe players played their part earlier this week as the club eliminated Manchester City from the Capital One Cup.

Newcastle are showing character right now and could well take advantage of a Liverpool team who seemingly lack the identity they had when they finished as Premier League runners-up last season.

Team News: Papiss Cisse will likely undergo a late fitness test but Ayoze Perez will seemingly keep his place. There will be no room for neither Cheick Tiote nor Mike Williamson, though, who are both injured.

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique is sidelined, as is Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho and Jon Flanagan.

Predicted Newcastle United XI: Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett; Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback; Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, Rolando Aarons; Ayoze Perez.

Predicted Liverpool XI: Simon Mignolet; Alberto Moreno, Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson; Steven Gerrard, Emre Can, Jordan Henderson; Raheem Sterling, Rickie Lambert, Mario Balotelli.

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