Newcastle welcome Liverpool to St James’ Park on Saturday (Watch live on NBCSN, 8:45 a.m. ET and online via Live Extra) in the highest scoring rivalry in Premier League history.
129 goals have been scored in games between these two over the years, more than any other PL matchup. So, this should be a cracker… right?
Newcastle have won three on the spin in all competitions as the pressure is slowly easing on Magpies manager Alan Pardew. As for Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers’ men drew at home to Hull City last week and must improve their lackluster displays if they’re going to get something up in the North East.
In team news Liverpool make three changes from their midweek League Cup win over Swansea, as Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and Glen Johnson come back into the team. Mario Balotelli starts up front after his last-gasp equalizer. Sammy Ameobi and Papiss Cisse are up top for Newcastle, while Mehdi Abeid starts his first PL game for the Magpies.
Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, S.Taylor, Coloccini, Dummett, Sissoko, Abeid, Colback, Obertan, Cisse, Ameobi
Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Moreno, Lovren, Skrtel, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Balotelli