Vurnon Anita

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Newcastle United entertain Liverpool on Saturday afternoon in the Barclays Premier League (5.30pm kick-off).

Both teams go into the fixture on the back of draws - the Magpies recording a 1-1 away at West Brom, while Liverpool snatched a last-gasp 2-2 at home gainst Chelsea.

When they met last November at Anfield, Yohan Cabaye's first-half stunner was cancelled out after the break by an equally-impressive Luis Suarez effort.

 

STAT ATTACK
Saturday's match is the 165th match between the two clubs, and the 154th in the league.


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LAST MEETING
November 4th, 2012 - Liverpool 1 (Suarez 67) Newcastle 1 (Cabaye 43)

Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Brad Jones; Andre Wisdom, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique; Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin (Stewart Downing 74); Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard, Suso (Jonjo Shelvey 68); Luis Suarez

Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Vurnon Anita, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye (Shane Ferguson 68), James Perch (Danny Simpson 26), Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba (Sammy Ameobi 49), Papiss Cisse


FULL RECORD v LIVERPOOL
P164 W47 D39 L78 F201 A283


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - DLDWLL
Liverpool - DDDWLW


LAST LINE-UP
Newcastle (v West Bromwich Albion, Premier League):
Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara (Hatem Ben Arfa 77); James Perch, Yohan Cabaye (Dan Gosling 90); Jonas Gutierrez, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran (Shola Ameobi 69); Papiss Cisse
Not used: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Vurnon Anita, Adam Campbell

Liverpool (v Chelsea, Premier League): Jose Reina; Glen Johnson, Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique; Lucas, Steven Gerrard; Philippe Coutinho (Daniel Sturridge 46), Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing (Jonjo Shelvey 80); Luis Suarez
Not used: Brad Jones, Sebastian Coates, Martin Skrtel, Conor Coady, Oussama Assaidi


TEAM NEWS
Newcastle -
Cheick Tiote returns from a hamstring strain, while captain Fabricio Coloccini is also closing in on a return having missed the last two months with a back injury. However, the Magpies will definitely be without Sylvain Marveaux (groin), Tim Krul (shoulder), Davide Santon (hamstring), Haris Vuckic (knee) and Ryan Taylor (knee).

Liverpool - Striker Luis Suarez begins a ten-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic last weekend. Captain Steven Gerrard needs shoulder surgery but won't go under the knife until the summer, while there is a doubt over winger Raheem Sterling, who has a thigh complaint. Joe Allen (shoulder), Fabio Borini (shoulder) and Martin Kelly (knee) are all ruled out.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager:
"We've had good games against Liverpool - all the games that we've played, we've played well and we've had two strong results here recently. But this is probably more important than those games and there's probably a little extra pressure on us. We need to be able to deal with that. We all know in that dressing room that if we've got everyone available, we've got a decent side."

Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool manager: "Alan and the team will be very disappointed with this season, having finished fifth last year. But one thing we know is they've got quality - Cisse, Cabaye and Sissoko, who has come in. We understand it will be a difficult game but if we show the intensity we did in the second half against Chelsea when we played really, really well, we'll always back ourselves to get a good result."


REFEREE
Andre Marriner (West Midlands): 2012/13 record - 34 games, 103 yellow cards, 5 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?
When the opposition have scored first, Liverpool have only won once in the Premier League this season.