By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United will be looking for their fourth successive victory as they entertain Liverpool at St. James' Park on Saturday (12.45pm kick-off).
The Magpies go into the Barclays Premier League fixture in fine form, having recorded wins over Leicester, Tottenham and Manchester City, while opponents Liverpool have triumphed just once in their last three games.
When the sides met last season, they played out a dramatic 2-2 draw on Tyneside, which saw Yohan Cabaye and Paul Dummett on target for United, but the Reds took the honours on the final day of the campaign with a 2-1 win.
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Saturday is the 168th match between the two clubs, and the 157th in the league. A home win could see United rise to ninth while an away success could see the Reds climb to fourth.
Tickets for this Barclays Premier League fixture are sold out.
11th May, 2014 - Liverpool 2 (Agger 63, Sturridge 65) Newcastle 1 (Skrtel og 20)
Liverpool (4-3-3): Simon Mignolet; Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Jon Flanagan (Aly Cissokho 46); Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen (Philippe Coutinho 59); Raheem Sterling, Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge (Lucas 80)
Newcastle (3-4-2-1): Tim Krul; Steven Taylor (Luuk de Jong 72), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini; Mathieu Debuchy, Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote (Paul Dummett 81), Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran (Sammy Ameobi 78); Shola Ameobi
FULL RECORD v LIVERPOOL
P167 W47 D40 L80 F204 A293
(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - WWWDLW
Liverpool - WDLWWL
Newcastle (v Manchester City, Capital One Cup): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat (Moussa Sissoko 64), Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara; Ryan Taylor, Mehdi Abeid, Jack Colback; Gabriel Obertan, Adam Armstrong (Emmanuel Riviere 65), Rolando Aarons (Sammy Ameobi 46)
Not used: Tim Krul, Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Perez
Liverpool (v Swansea, Capital One Cup): Brad Jones; Javi Manquillo, Kolo Toure, Dejan Lovren, Glen Johnson; Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson; Lazar Markovic (Adam Lallana 70), Philippe Coutinho, Fabio Borini; Rickie Lambert (Mario Balotelli 79)
Not used: Simon Mignolet, Alberto Moreno, Martin Skrtel, Jordan Rossiter, Emre Can
Newcastle - Papiss Cisse (4)
Liverpool - Steven Gerrard/Raheem Sterling (3)
Newcastle - Leading scorer Papiss Cisse is "touch and go" with a knee injury which has kept him out of United's last two games, while there are also doubts over centre-back Mike Williamson and midfielder Cheick Tiote. Davide Santon (knee), Siem de Jong (thigh) and Jonas Gutierrez (testicular cancer) are all definite absentees.
Liverpool - Former Newcastle defender Jose Enrique misses this game with a knee injury, while striker Daniel Sturridge (calf), centre-back Mamadou Sakho (thigh) and full-back Jon Flanagan remain sidelined.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "It is always a great fixture that has a certain romance about it and I think it's going to make for a cracking game. There have been some good games against Liverpool since I've been here and we have more then held our own. I'm pretty confident what Liverpool will do, I know Brendan Rodgers well enough to know how he will come and play, but I think we can surprise them. I think it will be an entertaining game."
Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool manager: "The Tottenham result was an excellent one for Newcastle and I thought they were outstanding against Manchester City. Alan Pardew is a very experienced and talented manager. We've seen in his team that they'll get results and we know it'll be a difficult game at the weekend. It's always a good, entertaining game between both teams. We'll want to be solid defensively and look to be creative in attack going forward. Hopefully that can get us three points."
Andre Marriner (West Midlands): 2014/15 record - 8 games, 29 yellow cards, 1 red card
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?
Every time Liverpool have conceded first in a Premier League game this season, they have gone on to lose. It has happened against Manchester City, Aston Villa and West Ham.