The Magpies entertain Liverpool at St James’ Park.
Venue St James’ Park, Saturday 5.30pm
Last season Newcastle 2 Liverpool 0
Referee Andre Marriner
This season’s matches 22 Y67, R3, 3.18 cards per game
Subs from Harper, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Perch, Bigirimana, Gosling, Ben Arfa, Anita, Obertan, Ameobi, Campbell
Doubtful Tioté (hamstring), Cissé (rib), Ben Arfa (hamstring), Coloccini (back)
Injured Santon (hamstring, Aug), Krul (shoulder, Aug), Marveaux (groin, Aug), R Taylor (knee, Aug 2014)
Form guide DLWLLW
Disciplinary record Y65 R2
Leading scorer Cissé 8
Subs from Jones, Gulacsi, Skrtel, Borini, Shelvey, Wisdom, Coates, Suso, Robinson, Assaidi, Coady, Morgan
Injured Sterling (thigh, 4 May), Kelly (knee, 4 May), Flanagan (knee, 11 May), Allen (shoulder, Aug)
Suspended Suárez (first of 10)
Form guide DDDWLW
Disciplinary record Y49 R2
Leading scorer Suárez 23
Liverpool have won six of the last nine meetings.
The winning team has scored a minimum of two goals in the last 12 league meetings.
Newcastle have taken four points from their last five league fixtures.
They are 25 points and 12 places worse off than at the same stage of last season.
The Mapgies had won four successive home matches prior to the 3-0 defeat by Sunderland in their last outing at St James’ Park.
Only Reading and Aston Villa have conceded more than Newcastle’s 60 goals.
Their remaining league fixtures after this one are away to West Ham and QPR and then at home to Arsenal.
Liverpool have taken 15 points out of the last available 24 (W4, D3, L1). However, they have drawn their last three matches.
The Reds have kept 13 clean sheets, second only to Manchester City (15).
They have not lost a league match this season in which they led at half time (W9, D2).
Last Sunday, Luis Suarez became the first Liverpool player to score 30 goals in a season in all competitions since Fernando Torres in 2007-08.
Glen Johnson is expected to make his 250th Premier League appearance.