Cheick Tiote


By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Newcastle United will complete their 2013/14 Barclays Premier League campaign with a trip to title-chasing Liverpool on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

Alan Pardew's side will be aiming to secure a ninth-place top flight finish, while the Reds know that they can only lift the trophy with a victory and a slip-up from rivals Manchester City.

The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of a 3-0 victory over Cardiff, while Liverpool let slip a three-goal lead to draw at Crystal Palace.

When the sides met earlier in the season, United twice took the lead despite playing for more than half the match with ten men, but had to eventually settle for a 2-2 draw.

Follow Sunday's fixture right here on nufc.co.uk for live updates, on-the-whistle half-time and full-time reports and exclusive post-match reaction, or on Twitter at @NUFC.


STAT ATTACK
Sunday sees the 167th match between the two clubs, and the 156th in the league. Liverpool hold the upper-hand, having won 79 of the clubs' previous meetings, with United triumphing on 47 occasions.


TICKET NEWS
Newcastle's 2,800 away allocation for this fixture has sold out


LAST MEETING
19th October, 2013 - Newcastle 2 (Cabaye 23, Dummett 57) Liverpool 2 (Gerrard 42pen, Sturridge 72)

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye (Vurnon Anita 78), Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko (Paul Dummett 45); Yoan Gouffran, Hatem Ben Arfa (Sammy Ameobi 78), Loic Remy

Liverpool (3-4-1-2): Simon Mignolet; Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho (Luis Alberto 63); Glen Johnson (Raheem Sterling 83), Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard, Aly Cissokho; Victor Moses; Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge


FULL RECORD v LIVERPOOL
P166 W47 D40 L79 F203 A291


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)
Liverpool -
DLWWWW
Newcastle - WLLLLL


LAST LINE-UP
Liverpool (v Crystal Palace, Premier League): Simon Mignolet; Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho, Jon Flanagan; Joe Allen, Steven Gerrard, Lucas; Raheem Sterling (Philippe Coutinho 78), Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge (Victor Moses 86)
Not used: Brad Jones, Aly Cissokho, Kolo Toure, Daniel Agger, Iago Aspas

Newcastle (v Cardiff, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett (Massadio Haidara 46); Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita (Steven Taylor 79); Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran (Dan Gosling 70), Loic Remy; Shola Ameobi
Not used: Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Luuk de Jong, Adam Armstrong


TOP SCORER
Liverpool -
Luis Suarez (31)
Newcastle - Loic Remy (14)


TEAM NEWS
Liverpool -
Midfielder Jordan Henderson has completed a three-game suspension so comes into contention for this final fixture. Former Magpies defender Jose Enrique is still out with a long-term knee injury.

Newcastle - Sammy Ameobi and Davide Santon are back in training after respective ankle and hamstring injuries, and could be involved at Liverpool. Teenage striker Adam Armstrong is away on England Under-17 duty, while Papiss Cisse (knee) and Ryan Taylor (knee) remain sidelined.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool manager: "I want to congratulate my players on this season. They have put Liverpool on the world map. Come Sunday we will fight to the very end. To come second to the richest team in history of sport is incredible. This is only the beginning. I see and hear about other teams that will improve but I think we will improve dramatically. Steven Gerrard will improve dramatically next season. We are really excited."

Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "(Liverpool) have been brilliant. They have been the team of the season, probably, regardless of whether they win it or not. It's a tough game for us because at home, they have been awesome. We desperately want to win and in terms of the game, it's going to be a great atmosphere, for sure, because Brendan Rodgers has done an unbelievable job."


REFEREE

Phil Dowd (Staffordshire): 2013/14 record - 33 games, 150 yellow cards, 6 red cards


PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Craig Bellamy, Andy Carroll, Jose Enrique, Howard Gayle, Danny Guthrie, Didi Hamann, Mike Hooper, Kevin Keegan, Alan Kennedy, Terry McDermott, Michael Owen, Ian Rush, Barry Venison


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DID YOU KNOW?
Liverpool have put in the least amount of crosses in the Barclays Premier League so far this season, with 393.