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Premiership action resumes on Saturday after an international break with Newcastle United welcoming Liverpool to the St James Park stadium as they search for their first win in three games.

The Magpies are on a poor run of form, losing two of their last three matches and slipping into the bottom half of the table. Newcastle's defensive woes have continued as the team has conceded a number of soft goals in spite of manager Sam Allardyce's efforts to beef up his defense with new recruits.

 

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Even in the last match against arch rivals Sunderland, Newcastle were outplayed in all areas of the field and were lucky to have grabbed a point from the match with a fluke goal by James Milner. And with Michael Owen out injured for six weeks, Allardyce will be looking to Obafemi Martins and Mark Viduka to provide the goals up front and cover for any mistakes at the back.

Meanwhile Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez will be hoping that his team manages to string together a run of victories to get back into the title race. Just two wins in last five games leaves the Kops fifth in the league table and with all the top four teams churning out consistent results, Benitez's side will have to get their act together if they are to pose serious title bid in the second part of the season.

Benitez will be boosted by the return of defender Daniel Agger who could make a comeback in the game against Newcastle. The Danish defender has been out of action since early September after breaking his metatarsal. The Liverpool manager also revealed that Yossi Benayoun is expected to recover in time for the match after making a quick recovery from his groin injury.

Last season, this fixture was clinched 2-1 by Newcastle, a result manager Sam Allardyce would dearly love to have this time around.

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