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Newcastle vs. Liverpool: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  Daniel Sturridge (L) of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal with Luis Suarez during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at the Stadium of Light on September 29, 2013 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2013

This one has thriller written all over it.

Liverpool are currently second in the table (though they are tied in points with Arsenal with 16). Only Manchester City and Arsenal have scored more than Liverpool's 11 goals in Premier League play, and Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have been devastating since the latter returned from suspension. 

But Newcastle have been pretty dangerous on the attack as well, with nine goals this season and five straight games in all competitions with at least two goals. 

This one is going to be fun.

 

When: Saturday, October 19 at 7:45 a.m. ET (12:45 p.m. BST)

WhereSt James' Park, Newcastle, England

Watch: NBC Sports Network; NBC Sports Live Extra; BT Sport 1 (UK)

Odds: Liverpool (43.9 percent), Newcastle (30.1 percent) and draw (26 percent), according to Bloomberg Sports

 

Key Storylines

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 30:  Newcastle player Loic Remy in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on September 30, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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The striking pair of Suarez and Sturridge have been impossible to deal with for Premier League teams. 

Since Suarez returned, they have combined for five goals and two assists in two Premier League games, both 3-1 victories for Liverpool.

Add in the fact that Glen Johnson, Joe Allen and Aly Cissokho should all return for this game—and Philippe Coutinho isn't far behind them—and you can see why the Reds so desperately wanted to hold on to Suarez this summer.

They look really dangerous right now.

The same can be said for Newcastle. Loic Remy has been a man on fire in the past three Premier League matches for the Magpies with five goals, while Hatem Ben Arfa was the hero before that, with goals in consecutive games against Fulham and Aston Villa.  

The difference in this game will probably be the respective defences—Liverpool have given up just five Premier League goals this season, while Newcastle have surrendered 12. 

Advantage: Liverpool.

 

Prediction

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05:  Steven Gerrard of Liverpool collects the ball to take a corner during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield on October 5, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/
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From top to bottom, Liverpool are the better team, but it's hard simply to dismiss Newcastle's form in their past five games (three wins, 10 goals). In that regard, expect this match to be an exciting, high-scoring affair.

But with the superior defence and Simon Mignolet between the pipes, Liverpool will come away with the three points. Look for the Sturridge-Suarez combination to continue their blitzkrieg on the Premier League.

Liverpool win, 3-2.

 

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