Liverpool take on Newcastle on April Fool's Day at the Sports Direct Arena (formerly called St James' Park). Although the Reds have enjoyed positive results against the Magpies in recent times, Newcastle will be confident of changing that trend on Sunday evening. It is the hosts who find themselves in a stronger position, both in the league and in terms of recent results.
Newcastle, who are close to qualifying for next season's Europa League, have played well this year under manager Alan Pardew. The Magpies, who come after two back-to-back victories against Norwich and West Brom, will surely be trying to exploit a Liverpool side low on morale.
However, the Magpies have lost six of their last seven games against Liverpool.
On the other hand, Liverpool, who have only managed to win two of the last ten League fixtures, are struggling to find form. The Reds, at such a crucial time in the season, find themselves in a dire position after two humiliating defeats at the hands of Queen's Park Rangers and Wigan Athletic. In fact, aside from winning the Carling Cup this season, the Reds have been rather poor and their American owner, John W Henry, will definitely not be happy to see his team constantly lose. However, Kenny Dalglish's side, who have a pretty impressive record against the Magpies, will be hoping to go into this match with a positive attitude, putting all their recent misery behind them.
Newcastle Confirmed Team: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Perch, Gutiérrez; Cabaye, Tioté, Ben Arfa, Guthrie; Ba, Cissé.
Liverpool Confirmed Team: Reina; Carragher. Skrtel, Enrique, Flanagan; Spearing, Shelvey, Gerrard; Bellamy, Suarez, Carroll.