Newcastle United vs. Liverpool: Preview and TV schedule

Clive Brunskill

Liverpool travel to play the ever-unpredictable Newcastle at St James' Park in Saturday's early kickoff.

Newcastle United have been unpredictable so far this season, having won and lost three games and drawn the other. Currently down in mid-table, they'll look to cause an upset this weekend at home to a Liverpool team who have been uncharacteristically solid in their start to the new campaign.

Brendan Rodgers' side wobbled with a draw against Swansea followed up with a defeat to Southampton, though the Reds have returned to winning ways with back-to-back victories against relegations strugglers Sunderland and Crystal Palace. With Daniel Sturridge on great form and Luis Suárez having returned from suspension, Liverpool are looking genuinely dangerous.

However, for this trip north they're without Sebastián Coates and more importantly Philippe Coutinho and Iago Aspas through injury. For Newcastle, Ryan Taylor and Fabio Coloccini are definitely unavailable, and could be joined on the sidelines by the doubtful duo of Steven Taylor and Massadio Haidara.

Newcastle United injuries and suspensions

Out: Ryan Taylor (knee), Fabio Coloccini (groin). In doubt: Steven Taylor (hamstring), Massadio Haidara (knee).

Liverpool injuries and suspensions

Out: Philippe Coutinho (shoulder), Sebastián Coates (knee), Iago Aspas (thigh). In doubt: None.

Projected lineups

Newcastle United: Tim Krul; Davide Santon, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mike Williamson, Mathieu Debuchy; Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tioté; Loïc Rémy, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cissé.

Liverpool: Simon Mignolet; Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Yaya Touré; José Enrique, Steve Gerrard, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson; Victor Moses; Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suárez.

Match Date/Time: Saturday, 12:45 p.m. local, 7:45 a.m. ET

Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle, England

TV: NBC Sports Network (U.S.), Sportsnet (Canada), BT Sport 1 (U.K.)

Online: Sportsnet World Online (Canada), NBC Sports Live Extra (U.S.)

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