Newcastle v Liverpool – Premier League match preview

Mags v Reds
Mags v Reds
So what changes in a week? A fortnight? A few months? A season? Well, apart from my heavy workload, not a lot.

Yet again I’ve spent all week avoiding football debates and snapping at anyone who mentions the plight of my club after another embarrassing collapse, this time at the hands of a smug Alan Pardew and his Crystal Palace side.

Many questions have been asked about many different things. Is the manager cut out for this? Are the players up for this? Are the good enough to get themselves, and by association, the club out of this? Is our owner again to blame? Is it our recruitment? Why do we again have so many injuries? You see, the list is endless.

But at least we have some home comforts this weekend, or should the be discomforts? Our dismal form combined with the upswing in fortunes for our opponents would seem to point towards the latter. I, like many, watched Liverpool in midweek and thought to myself that Jurgen Klopp will be licking his lips at the prospect of playing us at the weekend. And given how it’s going for us can you really blame him?


Iron Mike Williamson has been recalled from his loan at Wolves to replace Jamaal Lascelles who twanged his hamstring last weekend. Iron Mike Williamson has now subsequently been ruled out after twanging his hamstring.

The pair will join Tim Krul, Rolando Aarons, Steven Taylor, Gabriel Obertan, Massadio Haidara, Cheick Tiote on the treatment table however there could be a recall to the squad for that guy that everyone seems to have forgotten about. Sylvain Marveaux! That’s the one..


Emre Can will miss this game after collecting his fifth booking of the campaign against Southampton while Philippe Coutinho is rated as doubtful as he continues to battle a hamstring problem. However Jordan Henderson is fit again and is pushing to replace Emre Can while Daniel Sturridge is likely to start his first Premier League for two months after scoring two in midweek against the Saints.


Newcastle do not like games against Liverpool, and with good reason as historically we’ve been nursing defeat more often than anything else.

Of the previous 169 matches in all competitions it is Liverpool who hold a heavy advantage having won 81 of those games. Newcastle have won 48 games with 40 draws making up the numbers. Not good is it?

Stats and facts:

There has never been 0-0 draw between the two sides since the inception of the Premier League. The last goalless draw was in February 1974.

Newcastle have had six players sent off in their last six matches against Liverpool.

United have dropped ten points from winning positions so far this term – more than any other side.

Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund side did the double over Steve McClaren’s Wolfsburg outfit in the 2009/10 season. Steve McClaren was sacked by Wolfsburg after the 3-0 loss.

Daniel Sturridge has scored six goals against Newcastle – more than he has managed against any other side.

Newcastle have won one of the last six fixtures between the two teams. However Liverpool have won just once on Tyneside in their last six visits.

Final thought…

What can I say as a final thought that I haven’t already said or that hasn’t already been said?

Wake me up when it’s over. I’ll be behind the sofa. Again.

Howay the lads!

Date: Sunday, 6th December, 2015

Time: 4pm

Venue: St James’ Park

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47 thoughts on “Newcastle v Liverpool – Premier League match preview

  1. 11 men on each side. High winds and a lot of luck. Anny team can win.

    Let’s hope it’s a good game.


  2. Could be the record PL scoreline!

    Also it will be a disaster today if the results stay the same…


  3. We know we are going to lose anyway and our goal difference is not going to save us this year, points are. So with that in mind let’s have a heavy defeat so that it secures McClarens sacking then we can have a new manager in by midweek.


  4. Man Ute 17 shots. Only 1 on target.
    Can anybody slow Leicester down? They are looking like serious contenders for CL footy. The on my consistent team out there right now.


  5. Shamrock @ 4. Unfortunately I agree with you. I will be at St. James’ tomorrow. Do I cheer on Liverpool? Not necessary I suspect.


  6. I must admit I am surprised to see Swans getting dragged into the relegation dogfight. The more the merrier as that gives us a better chance to survive. Come on Chelsea you won the league last year FFS.


  7. We might as well just go and play in the Fizzy now and cut out the ******* that we’re going to go through for the next 6 months!


  8. A year in the Championship could be fun. Get rid of all the mercenaries and sick notes and sign good honest British players desparate to make the step up, then see us winning a few games and taking part in a few exciting games instead of watching us get rolled over week in, week out what playing abysmal anti-football. Well done Bournemouth :).


  9. Even 2 or 3 years down there. So long as we are challenging the playoff places it will still be more entrtainjng than the ****e we have been served in the PL for the majority of the time MA has been here.


  10. Sharpy
    You asked me a couple of days ago why I go to games. I still get the buzz pre kick off. I need my fix. The buzz these days usually fizzles out by half time but there is that eternal hope inside me that things will get better


  11. I can see a 4-1 defeat but tbh I’ve stopped caring.

    We’ll continue to make poor appointments on and off the pitch after SM is sacked

    Until Fatty stops sucking the life out of us my support is in hibernation. 👿


  12. Stuart @ 14 That’s the spirit. That’s the never-say-die British bulldog mentality we need embedded in the team. 😆


  13. Toby – yeah, I can understand that mate. I still felt that and the hairs on the back of my neck pre kick off against Watford. It was a distant memory 90mins later like 😆
    I’ll still probably tune in tomorrow, however I will have no hesitation in tuning out with immediate effect if it resembles anything like the last few weeks. Mainly coz I’m out of Rennies though.


  14. BrisV: I don’t want us to go down. If you rank the bottom 6 squad wise I would say:

    Bournemouth (because their new buys are injured)

    We should not go down. ALSO, we have the biggest capacity to spend. We have the highest revenue and we have spent almost nothing in 8 years.

    Ashley can just lift up a couple of rolls of fat and dig deep down into those pockets and find the 50-70 mil we will need to guarantee PL survival. Change the bloody manager as well so we can present it as a new start to new players.

    Simple really.


  15. Rumour doing the rounds on Twitter that we’re going 5-3-2 with Perez, Mitro and Gini on bench… Don’t quite believe it as we don’t have two strikers do we if Mitro and Perez are on the bench?


  16. Gashley
    So will you finally admit that when I was telling you that by sacking Pardew things wouldn’t get any better but in fact there was a good chance things would get worse?

    I don’t expect a straight answer. There’ll be some diversionary response. Or no answer at all. So predictable. 🙄


  17. I’ve got a free ticket today. People are now giving their tickets away and for Liverpool as well.
    I’m not looking forward to it actually but I see this an opportunity to vent my anger at Mikey.


  18. Pardew didn’t get sacked. He walked after losing 3 of his final 4 games. That came after taking 8 games to get his 1st win of that season, barely winning a game in the 2nd half of the previous season and finishing 16th the season before that. Things have got worse since Pardew left but not that much worse because things were **** under him too.

    I wont mention going out in the early stages of both domestic cups every season he was here and losing 5 derby games in a row.

    Not many people wanted Mclaren… I expect we will end up with someone like Neil Warnock next. But i’d still rather take my chances and have the hope of things improving with a new manager than stick with the poor job that our last 3 managers have done.


  19. I see our next manager will be an upgrade on Pardew and McClaren. Although let’s be honest, it’s not going to be hard.


  20. Just because you don’t see things improving, isn’t a good enough reason not to change.
    Why would or should we settle for ****.
    By continuing down this path, fatty has brought all thus upon himself.
    His plan of mere survival has backfired tremendously.
    Just think how different things might have been if he had invested that £50M after the season when we finished 5th.
    Pardews spinelessness let him get away with it and he thought he was so clever. Ha.
    Survival this season will only result in more of the same next season and beyond.
    McClaren won’t stamp his feet or rock the boat any more than Percy.
    Only relegation will force the changes necessary. How pathetic and ridiculous it is, that it should come to this.
    SHAME on you Mr Ashley. You’re a disgrace.


  21. It’s a weekend of strange results, so there is still some hope we might get a win today.
    You never know.
    Tory Boy will be singing maccas praises next. 😉


  22. Today we shall see if the theory that we only play well against the best teams holds true.
    Liverpool will be looking to go 5th with an easy win.
    But we could climb above the mackems. How’s that for motivation.


  23. What is the point of season ticket holders giving their tickets away ?
    Makes no sense.
    I understand not going, but surely an empty seat makes a statement.
    50k today and all’s well.
    The circus goes on


  24. @troy. We didn’t get rid of Pardew.. Didn’t he leave us? 😉

    But yes, it hasn’t improved since Pardew left so u were correct on that one.

    I never wanted SM even though some said he was an upgrade on Pards, I wasn’t convinced.

    Even you were buoyed by Fatties promises of better things, you even initially liked SM and his spiel.. 😳


  25. It’s important to also point out, if it wasn’t for our stupid buying policy, we could be sitting mid-table now.

    Why the **** Thuavin?..14mill 😯 Instead of a decent defender or Austin??
    We already had Cabella. Why get rid of Abeid for peanuts then play two defensive midfielders who create nowt…or play Goofran there?

    There were so many decent buys going cheap or even free…

    Who is making these decisions? Carr? SM? Charnley? All slaves to the SD juggernaut

    Mike deserves all the **** he gets for the choices he makes


  26. Jabba is so concerned about making money from his signings in the future he’s ignored the present and it’s starting to kick him up the Arse!


  27. Just been watching MOTD 2 extra which had Paul Robinson the Blackburn keeper on.
    They were obviously pre viewing the Newcastle game and talking about our current plight. Robinson was talking of his own experience with McClaren for England. He was saying that he might be a good coach, but his man management skills and tactical ability was very poor, particularly his management.


  28. @Sharpy

    I think we all knew that., hence him failing at Forest, Derby (twice) etc.

    his level is Championship footy.

    I fear our next manager will be of similar ilk. probably Pearson


  29. Afternoon everyone. I wish I could pin all the blame on McClaren but I can’t. I have never seen such a sorry looking heap of maggot **** for a team in all my life as an NUFC fan. We are going down and it’s all thank’s to Mike Ashley. He thinks Dennis Wise knew more about players than Keegan that says it all for me.


  30. Pardew never had a say in transfers. He did his best with a very poor team. Carver and McClaren are not as good as Pardew.


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