Liverpool will aim to get their campaign back on track with a much needed win after two draws on the trot, when they host Newcastle in match week 19, on Friday, December 30, 2011.
To find out at what time the match between Liverpool and Newcastle is due to kick off, take a look at the EPL schedule.
Liverpool are coming off a 1-1 stalemate, against Blackburn, in match week 18. Blackburn showed great spirit and the result would have come as a huge disappointment for Liverpool and their supporters. Morten Gamst Pedersen swung in a corner from the right and Charlie Adam was happily stationed at the front post and shinned the ball into the roof of the net to give Blackburn the lead in the first half. After the interval, Liverpool mounted a concerted attack and Blackburn’s defence wilted, as Martin Skrtel looped a header to the back post for Maxi Rodriguez to climb above the defence to head the ball in. Blackburn held on in the face of an impressive late charge from Liverpool and Suarez, Carroll and Downing failed to convert scoring opportunities.
Newcastle got their first win since October 31, in match week 18, as they eased to a 2-0 win against Bolton. Defensive lapses from Bolton helped Newcastle’s cause as they strolled to a comfortable win. Newcastle took the lead on the back of brilliant technique from Hatem Ben Arfa. Ryan Taylor arrived on the overlap and Ben Arfa fed by his cross from the left crashed it into the Bolton net, on the bounce. A minute later, Paul Robinson gave the ball away cheaply and Gabriel Obertan skipped into the area and cut the ball back to Demba Ba was clinical as he bundled it in off the underside of the crossbar.
Head to head, in the last 11 years, Liverpool and Newcastle have met in 20 league games, with the Merseysiders having won on 12 occasions and Newcastle winning on 5 others, with the remaining 3 matches ending in stalemates. The last time these teams met was in May 2011; that match hosted at Anfield was won 3-0 by the home side.
This promises to be an intriguing game between two sides who appear to have lost steam after a good start to the season.
Liverpool have won 4, drawn 5 and lost the remaining 1 of their last 10 league matches, while Newcastle have won 4, drawn 2 and lost the remaining 4 of their last 10.
Currently sixth on the points table, Liverpool have hosted 9 home games, this season, winning 3 and drawing 6, while Newcastle have won 4, drawn 3 and lost the remaining 2 of their 9 games, on the road.
Liverpool’s starting eleven against Blackburn: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Henderson, Adam, Downing, Suarez, Carroll
Newcastle’s starting eleven against Bolton: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Ryan Taylor, Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Best
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