Magpies may be brought back down to earth against the Reds.
Victory at the Etihad in the Capital One Cup in midweek probably came as much of a shock to Alan Pardew as it did to everyone else.
Pardew named a very inexperienced line-up against the Premier League champions but his players rode their luck and took their chances when they arrived. Teenager Rolando Aarons firing them in front and Moussa Sissoko making an impact off the substitutes bench again with a second.
It’s small steps at present for the Magpies but that’s now four unbeaten and three wins in a row in all competitions and the vultures have at least stopped circling St James’ Park for the time being and it’s a pleasure to post a preview in which we’re quietly optimistic of the Toon’s chances of success.
Next up are Liverpool and there is rarely a shortage of goals when these two teams meet.
The Reds won 6-0 on Tyneside 18 months ago when Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge grabbed a brace apiece. Newcastle have only won one of their seven against Liverpool but last season’s corresponding fixture ended in a 2-2 draw with Brendan Rodgers’ side needing two second-half goals to rescue a point – four total goals this time is 17/4.
The Merseysiders have won three of their last five so are hardly a club in crisis but they have undoubtedly underperformed this season so far after last season’s exploits.
Progress in the Champions League is on a knife-edge and only a couple of late goals, from the much-maligned Mario Balotelli and defender Dejan Lovren, rescued them against Swansea in the cup in midweek.
But they have had an extra day to recover from their exertions and the lunchtime kick-off is also probably in their favour, as is Newcastle’s lengthy injury list. That said, only Manchester City have managed to beat United at home this season and that was back in August.
Liverpool have been far from convincing away from home so the 10/11 probably isn’t great value but they do have the potential to be a lot better. The Magpies will play a completely different side to the one at the Etihad but this may turn out to be a much stiffer test and one in which the home side may fall short.
The match kicks off at 12.45pm on Saturday, November 1st at St James’ Park.