Liverpool will host Newcastle United at Anfield on Sunday, as the two teams currently compete for prime table position in the Premier League.
Newcastle currently sit 10th, ahead of 12th-place Liverpool, but a win would be a step in the right direction for both teams. Liverpool would move into a tie with Newcastle, and a Newcastle win, depending on other results, could see them possibly leapfrogging four teams into sixth.
The desire to win, and the impact the result will have on positioning in the league table, should make this game a highly-contested one between two squads with something to prove.
Where: Anfield, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
When: Sunday, November 4, 11:00 AM ET
Liverpool: Will Suarez keep on scoring?
Luis Suarez has, for all intents and purposes, done all the scoring for Liverpool this season. With forward Fabio Borini out, and none of the other forwards making an impact, Suarez has stepped in to become the main man in attack. So far, he's taken on the role with ease.
Unfortunately, the results haven't always been there, though not for lack of trying from Suarez.
He scored a goal, and was an integral part of the other, in Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Everton last weekend. He came on as a substitute against Swansea City in Wednesday's Carling Cup match and scored the team's only goal, which at the time tied the game, in the 3-1 loss.
On Sunday, Liverpool will be depending on Suarez to keep up his great scoring form. It won't be a cakewalk for the young Uruguayan, though, as he will line up against a stiff Newcastle defense. Despite the goal differential, Newcastle's defense has the ability to keep Suarez in check.
If he can't break through, Liverpool is going to have a tough time pulling this one out.
Newcastle: Can they survive without Demba Ba?
It's a tale of two strikers in this match, but for entirely different reasons. While Liverpool's success will count on their best attacker, Newcastle will very likely play this game without their key striker.
Demba Ba picked up a shin injury that has now made him doubtful for his team's trip to Anfield.
With Papiss Cisse still off the mark in front of the net, the possibility of playing this game without Ba is all the more dreadful for Alan Pardew's side.
Much like Liverpool, Newcastle's success hinges on one guy. Without him, the team flounders. This weekend's clash with Liverpool is their chance to prove all the detractors wrong. Alan Pardew has backed Hatem Ben Arfa to be the man who steps up in his team's time of need.
If they want to move into those crucial European-competition spots, Newcastle will have to find a way to succeed here against Liverpool.
Prediction: Liverpool 1 Newcastle 0