Friday, 18 October 2013

Premier League: Newcastle play host to Liverpool at St James' Park - SkySports

Daniel Sturridge in action against Newcastle last season

Daniel Sturridge in action against Newcastle last season

Newcastle play host to Liverpool at St James' Park on Saturday with memories still fresh from last season's 6-0 thrashing.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted he is out for revenge for last season's humbling at the hands of Liverpool.

Pardew says the 6-0 hammering at St James' Park was one of his "worst days" in management and he will have no problem getting his players up for the visit of Liverpool.

The Magpies eased any pressure on Pardew with a 2-1 win at Cardiff before the international break and they will be hoping to build on that against Liverpool.

Liverpool will be aiming to go top of the table for a few hours at least as current leaders Arsenal are not in action until later on Saturday.

Liverpool have won 10 of their last 14 Premier League games against Newcastle and they will be keen to maintain their fine start to the season.

Steven Gerrard reached 99 goals in the Premier League with his strike in the win against Crystal Palace last time out and he will be hoping to end a successful week by hitting the century at Newcastle.

Paul Merson's prediction

St James' Park isn't the hardest place in the world to go at the moment and if Liverpool want to be contenders for the top four then they need to go and win at places like this. That's the way I look at it. I just think that with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez up front together they will always be in the football match and they should win. On their day, Newcastle can give anybody a game but they are a bit hot and cold.


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Argentina internationals Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez will miss Saturday's clash with Liverpool.

Central defender Coloccini has been ruled out with a groin injury, while midfielder Gutierrez has been allowed to return to his native country for personal reasons.

Steven Taylor, a potential replacement for Coloccini, is unlikely to have recovered in time from a hamstring problem, so Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is in line to start alongside Mike Williamson.

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Liverpool welcome back Glen Johnson, Joe Allen and Aly Cissokho to the squad after injury for the trip to Tyneside.

Johnson has been sidelined since the win over Manchester United at the start of September with an ankle injury, while Allen and Cissokho have been out since picking up hamstring and ankle problems respectively in the Capital One Cup victory over Notts County.

Lucas Leiva is also available after serving a one-game ban last time out against Crystal Palace, but his fellow Brazilian Philippe Coutinho remains sidelined as he recovers from a shoulder operation.

Sebastian Coates remains a long-term absentee, otherwise Brendan Rodgers has no other fitness concerns to contend with.

Previous game's starting line-ups

Team taken from Newcastle United vs Cardiff City (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 5th October 2013

Team taken from Liverpool vs Crystal Palace (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 5th October 2013

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