We have the starting teams as Newcastle welcome the high flying Liverpool FC to St James Park. Brendan Rodgers will be hoping for another victory.
Newcastle United: Krul; Debuchy,Yanga-Mbiwa, Williamson, Santon; Cabaye, Tiote (c), Sissoko; Gouffran, Ben Arfa, Remy. Subs: Elliot, Dummett, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Cisse.
Liverpool FC : Mignolet, Johnson, Cissokho, Toure, Skrtel, Sakho, Henderson, Gerrard, Moses, Suarez, Sturridge. Subs: Jones, Agger, Kelly, Flanagan, Alberto, Sterling, Allen.
Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is sidelined by a muscle injury, Steven Taylor has not recovered from a hamstring problem in time to play, so Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa partners Mike Williamson at centre-back.
- Liverpool have won seven of the last 10 meetings (W7, D1, L2).
- The Reds’ 6-0 win at St James’ Park in April was Newcastle’s heaviest home defeat since 1925, when they lost 7-1 to Blackburn.
- Alan Pardew’s first match as Newcastle manager was a 3-1 home win against Liverpool in December 2010.
- The Magpies’ last 12 league goals have been scored by French players.
- The last non-Frenchman to net a top-flight goal for Newcastle was Papiss Cisse, who got the winner in a 1-0 victory against Fulham in April.
- Cisse is goalless in his last 13 Premier League appearances, but Loic Remy has netted five times in his last three games for Newcastle.
- The Magpies have scored eight goals in their last four league matches – as many as they managed in their previous 14 games.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven away league matches (W5, D2), scoring 17 times and conceding just five times. Their last defeat on the road came at Southampton in March.
- Ten of the Reds’ 11 league goals this season have been scored in the first half. Their only second-half strike was in the 3-1 win at Sunderland last month, netted by Luis Suarez.
- If only the second halves of Premier League games counted, the Reds would be second bottom (above Sunderland) with just four points).
- Steven Gerrard is one shy of 100 Premier League goals. His previous four club goals have been penalties, with his last strike from open play coming against Manchester City in February.