Newcastle are still not completely out of relegation trouble, and are six points clear of the bottom three after they were held to a draw by West Brom in their last game. They've only won once in their last five league matches, and if Wigan win their game in hand, Newcastle's gap to the relegation zone will be cut to four points.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are sitting comfortably in the top half, though they probably won't achieve more than that. Sitting seventh, they're ten points adrift of the Europa League place and five points behind their Merseyside rivals Everton. They've drawn their last three games on the trot, and haven't won away at St James' Park since 2008.
For this game, Newcastle have goalkeeper Tim Krul out, while Davide Santon, Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tioté, Sylvain Marveaux and Ryan Taylor are also all sidelined. As for Liverpool, Joe Allen and Martin Kelly are unavailable, while Raheem Sterling and Fabio Borini are doubtful. After picking up a ten match ban for biting Branislav Ivanović, Luis Suárez is suspended.
Newcastle United injuries and suspensions
Out: Tim Krul (shoulder), Davide Santon (hamstring), Fabricio Coloccini (back), Cheick Tioté (hamstring), Sylvain Marveaux (groin), Ryan Taylor (knee) In doubt: None
Liverpool injuries and suspensions
Out: Joe Allen (shoulder), Martin Kelly (knee), Luis Suárez (suspended) In doubt: Fabio Borini (shoulder), Raheem Sterling (hip)
Match Date\Time: Saturday, 5:30 p.m. local, 12:30 p.m. ET
Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle, England
TV: Fox Soccer Channel (U.S. English), ESPN UK/HD (U.K.)