Newcastle United v Liverpool: 2014
Newcastle United v Liverpool in the early kick off today and Alan Pardew bids for four wins on the bounce to silence his detractors…
How the tide can change in football as Newcastle go in search of a fourth consecutive victory after a shock 2-0 win at Manchester City in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night, following successes against Leicester City and Tottenham in the Premier League.
Alan Pardew‘s men had gone seven league matches without a win before this mesmeric run of results. Relegation fears and calls for Pardew’s head have eased but the home fans will be expecting more of the same when Liverpool travel north.
Papiss Cisse is a major doubt for this weekend’s clash, so Ayoze Perez, who scored in the 2-1 win over Spurs is in line to keep his place in the forward line.
Midfielder Cheick Tiote and defender Mike Williamson are also doubtful after missing the last two games with injury.
For The Reds, Brendan Rodgers’ side currently are just two points off a Champions League place in eighth place despite their obvious struggles this season.
They have already lost three games in the Premier League and face an uphill battle to get out of their Champions League group following defeats against Basel and Real Madrid.
At the moment the Reds are finding ways to win football matches and today will be without Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho, Suso, Jon Flanagan and Jose Enrique for their trip to St James’ Park.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Newcastle (W2, D2).
- There has never been a goalless draw between these sides in their 40 Premier League clashes. The last time a meeting ended 0-0 was in February 1974.
- Newcastle have had five players sent off in their last four league games against Liverpool.
- Alan Pardew’s side have lost just two of their last eight Premier League matches.
- Only Manchester City have beaten them in their previous five league games at St James’ Park (W2, D2).
- They are aiming for a third consecutive league victory for the first time since November 2013, when they defeated Chelsea, Tottenham and Norwich.
- Newcastle have scored the first goal in just one of their nine league matches this season – when they beat Leicester 1-0.
- After winning 11 Premier League games in a row between February and April, Liverpool have won just five of the subsequent 12 matches.
- The last time Liverpool failed to score away from home in the league was in the 2-0 defeat at Arsenal nearly a year ago on 2 November.
- They scored six goals in the three matches Daniel Sturridge has played in this season – compared to seven in the six matches in which he has been out injured.
- Their clean sheet against Hull was their first in six league matches.
- Mario Balotelli has scored just one goal in his last 23 Premier League appearances.
Liverpool are wobbling without Sturridge and Luis Suarez, there is no doubting that, but it’s their lack of defensive leadership when the ball is slung into their box which has been the main source of worry this season.
“Liverpool must be the worst side in the league at defending set pieces this season,” raged Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher following the victory over QPR.
They let in 10 goals from free kicks or corners last campaign and already have racked up an ugly return of seven already this season.
Conceding goals from set-pieces has been a recurring theme and the way they failed to deal with the aerial threat of Bobby Zamora at Loftus Road was equally as worrying.
The Toon are at their best when playing direct football into their front men and in Perez they have a man who can do as much damage as Zamora did two weeks ago.
The Reds have failed to shore up a leaky defence that despite finishing second in the league last season had the seventh worse defensive record on the road.
In their last eight games away from Anfield in the Premier League they have conceded two goals or more in six games, including three at West Ham and Crystal Palace in that run.
Pardew’s side have lost just two of their last eight Premier League matches and after winning 11 Premier League games in a row between February and April, Liverpool have won just five of the subsequent 12 matches.
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