The Magpies urgently need points

Last updated: December 4, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 4pm
Venue: St. James’ Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLWDL
Away form: WWWLW
Last season: 1-0
Competition: The Premier League

It’s clear that Newcastle will fight for their ‘survival’ in The Premier League and they need a victory against Liverpool in the next round, in order to get out of the relegation zone. The task is very difficult. The Magpies have conceded 8 goals in their last two Premiership matches. They lost on their visit to Crystal Palace 1-5, the result could even have been worse if Palace’s strikers had been more accurate in front of goal.

After Klopp’s arrival at Anfield, Liverpool have immediately become a title challenger. The Reds are playing great attacking football and are scoring lots of goals. Liverpool are on a run of 4 away Premier League games without a defeat. In addition, they have scored 7 goals in their last two away visits (3-1 vs. Chelsea and 4-1 vs. Manchester City).

Liverpool fans will be happy to remember the last away victory for The Reds over Newcastle. The Merseysiders won 6-0 at St. James’ Park two years ago. Agger, Henderson, Sturridge (twice), Borini and Henderson scored for Liverpool in this humiliating game, for Newcastle.

Team News

There is a big problem in front of Steve McClaren. 7 key players for Newcastle are suffering from injuries. Among them are Tiote, Riviere and Obertan.

Philippe Coutinho is suffering from a hamstring problem. He received the injury a week ago and is surely missing the match.

5 more Liverpool players are injured. Rossiter, Flanagan, Sakho, Gomez and Ings are sidelined. Danny Ings with a season-long injury.

Lucas Leiva, who missed the match against Swansea through suspension, can be used again by the manager Jurgen Klopp.

Quotes of the week

Steve McClaren  from Newcastle Steve McClaren (Newcastle) : “I’m hugely disappointed, very hurt. That’s not our standard.”

klopp Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) : “Whenever Liverpool appoint a manager, the expectation is for them to be title challengers.”

Expected line-ups:

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Elliot, Coloccini, Janmaat, Dummett, Mbemba, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Anita, Tiote, Ayoze, Mitrovic
Subs Woodman, de Jong, Thauvin, Mbabu, Gouffran, Cisse, Colback.
Injured: Riviere, Taylor, Aarons, Darlow, Krul, Obertan, Haïdara
Not available:
Liverpool (4-5-1): Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Skrtel, Milner, Henderson, Leiva, Can, Sturridge, Firmino, Benteke.
Subs Bogdan, Ibe, Adam Lallana, Allen, Moreno, Origi, Enrique.
Injured: Flanagan, Ings, Sakho, Rossiter, Coutinho, Gomez
Not available:

Key Battle

Wijnaldum this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
14 1220 6 1,3 2 1 1 0
benteke Benteke this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
8 (3) 741 4 2,1 1 1 1 0

So far this season

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Newcastle this season Liverpool this season
6 League Position 19
3 (3) (at home) Wins (away) 1 (1)
6-2 vs. Norwich Biggest win 4-1 vs. Man City
2 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (1)
2 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (5)
1-6 to Man City Biggest Defeat 0-3 to West Ham
Wijnaldum (6) Top scorer Coutinho (5)
Sissoko (4) Assist Leader Milner, Coutinho (3)
Y28, R3 Discipline Y32, R1
7 Failures to score 3
3 Clean Sheets 5
6 Both Teams to Score Games 8
8 Over 2.5 Games 6
6 Under 2.5 Games 8
  • Newcastle won against Liverpool 1-0 in their last home match. Ayoze Perez scored in the 73rd minute and secured the three points for The Magpies.
  • The Merseysiders have the upper hand in matches against Newcastle; they have won 69 of 146 games between these two teams.
  • Newcastle have won only 1 of 7 home matches this season. They did it against Norwich (6-2). The Magpies have lost 3 matches at St. James’ Park.
  • Liverpool are lying in 6th place with 23 points. They are just 6 behind the leaders. The Reds will be looking for 3 points, in order to close the gap.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
13/04/15 The Premier League Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle R. Sterling 9′
01/11/14 The Premier League Newcastle 1-0 Liverpool Ayoze Pérez 73′
11/05/14 The Premier League Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle Škrtel (OG) 20′
19/10/13 The Premier League Newcastle 2-2 Liverpool Y. Cabaye 23′
27/04/13 The Premier League Newcastle 0-6 Liverpool Agger 3′