By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United travel to Merseyside on Sunday to take on Liverpool in Premier League action (4pm kick-off).
The Magpies go into the match on the back of a last-gasp 2-1 win over West Brom last weekend, while Liverpool were knocked out of the Capital One Cup in midweek by Swansea City.
When the sides met last season it was honours even with a win each - the Reds triumphing 3-1 at Anfield during the festive period, before United got their revenge at the start of April with a 2-0 victory.
Sunday's game is the 164th match between the two clubs, and the 153rd in the league. The first fixtures between the clubs came in United's first season in the Football League, 1893/94.
Newcastle's allocation for this fixture has sold out.
1st April, 2012 - Newcastle 2 (Cisse 19, 59) Liverpool 0
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, James Perch, Jonas Gutierrez; Danny Guthrie (Dan Gosling 65), Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye; Hatem Ben Arfa (Davide Santon 90), Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 74), Demba Ba
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Pepe Reina; Jon Flanagan, Jamie Carragher, Martin Skrtel, Jose Enrique; Jonjo Shelvey (Stewart Downing 76), Jay Spearing; Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard, Craig Bellamy (Jordan Henderson 80); Andy Carroll (Dirk Kuyt 79)
FULL RECORD v LIVERPOOL
P163 W47 D38 L78 F200 A282
(Last six games - all competitions)
Liverpool - LDWWDL
Newcastle - WWDLWD
Liverpool (v Swansea, Capital One Cup): Brad Jones; Jordan Henderson, Sebastian Coates, Jamie Carragher, Jack Robinson; Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Allen; Oussama Assaidi (Raheem Sterling 65), Joe Cole (Steven Gerrard 46), Stewart Downing; Samed Yesil (Luis Suarez 46)
Not used: Danny Ward, Martin Skrtel, Andre Wisdom, Suso
Newcastle (v West Bromwich Albion, Premier League): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Papiss Cisse 61), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, James Perch, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi (Gabriel Obertan 61), Demba Ba (Sammy Ameobi 73)
Not used: Steve Harper, Shane Ferguson, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita
Liverpool - Goalkeeper Pepe Reina and full-back Glen Johnson could return for the Reds, while midfielder Lucas Leiva is back in training but this fixture will come too soon. Long term absentees Martin Kelly (knee) and Fabio Borini (ankle) are both definitely out.
Newcastle - Demba Ba is a doubt for the Magpies with a shin injury, while Cheick Tiote serves the second of his three-game suspension. Goalkeeper Rob Elliot is fit again following a groin problem but Ryan Taylor (knee), Haris Vuckic (knee) and Dan Gosling (ankle) remain sidelined.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool manager: "I think there have only been three (home) victories over the course of the year. It's something we want to improve. We tend not to want to look back so much and try and look forward. We've had difficult games this season at home and been unfortunate not to have won more of those in the league."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "There have been some fantastic games over the years, although last year at Anfield was a poor game, especially on our part. So we need to improve on that this time round. I think we are two clubs who are very similar at the minute. Both striving to be a top-six team."
Anthony Taylor (Manchester) - 2012/13 record: Nine games, 14 yellow cards, one red card
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Craig Bellamy, Andy Carroll, Jose Enrique, Howard Gale, 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?
Newcastle United have scored 99 Premier League goals under manager Alan Pardew.