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St. James' Park
Newcastle will welcome a number of familiar faces back to St James' Park on Sunday when fellow top-six chasers Liverpool arrive in the North East. Kenny Dalglish, Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique are all set to take in a Premier League fixture on Tyneside for the first time since severing their respective ties with the Magpies. Newcastle head into the game sat level on points with fifth-placed Chelsea and only five adrift of the UEFA Champions League places. The Magpies claimed an impressive 3-1 win at West Brom last week, with Papiss Cissè bagging a brace. The Senegalese striker has netted five times in his first six games for the club, equalling Les Ferdinand’s record.
While the Magpies are flying high, Liverpool will be desperate to get their league campaign back on track this weekend. Only rock-bottom Wolves (five) have picked up fewer points than the Reds (eight) in 2012. They have lost five of their last six top flight fixtures, dropping them out of the race for a top-four finish, and have come unstuck in their last three on the road. Liverpool have, however, won six of their last seven Premier League games with Newcastle. The only exception was the Magpies' 3-1 victory in this fixture last season, which was also Alan Pardew's first match in charge.
• Newcastle have reached 50 points from their first 30 Premier League matches for the first time for nine years.
• In his past four appearances against Newcastle, Steven Gerrard has scored four times himself as well as being credited with four assists.