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Published:Friday | October 31, 2014 | 10:00 AM
AP Manchester United's Chris Smalling (left) fights for the ball against Chelsea's Didier Drogba during their English Premier League match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England on Sunday Oct. 26, 2014. The match ended 1 - 1.

NEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1)

KRUL

JANMAAT S TAYLOR COLOCCINI DUMMETT

ANITA COLBACK

OBERTAN SISSOKO GOUFFRAN

PEREZ

BALOTELLI

STERLING CAN ALLEN LALLANA

GERRARD

MORENO LOVREN SKRTEL MANQUILLO

MIGNOLET

LIVERPOOL (4-1-4-1)

Newcastle have won their last two Premier League games; if they beat Liverpool it will be the first time the Magpies have enjoyed three straight wins since late November of last year.

And on Wednesday, they knocked Capital One Cup holders Manchester City out of the competition.

However, in their last four Barclays Premier League games against Liverpool they have lost two and drawn two and, two seasons ago, they were beaten 6-0 at home.

And in the last five meetings, no fewer than six

players have been sent off. The last five red cards have been shown to Newcastle players in the last four

clashes.

Last season produced three red cards. In the 202 St James’ Park draw, Newcastle’s Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa was dismissed. And in the return at Anfield, Liverpool won 2-1 and the Magpies’ Shola Ameobi and Paul Dummett got early baths.

CHELSEA (4-2-3-1)

COURTOIS

IVANOVIC CAHILL TERRY LUIS

MATIC FABREGAS

WILLIAN OSCAR

HAZARD

DROGBA

AUSTIN ZAMORA

FER HENRY SANDRO VARGAS

YUN CAULKER DUNNE ISLA

GREEN

QPR (4-4-2)

Chelsea were knocked slightly out of their stride last Sunday when they dropped two points in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Blues remain the only unbeaten side in the Barclays Premier League, sitting on top of the table and boasting a four-point lead over

second-placed Southampton, who they play in late December.

Chelsea’s 23 points is still three more than they had after nine league games last season, and they should be confident going into this game against a struggling Queens Park Rangers (QPR) who make the short three-and-a-half mile trip to their closest Premier League neighbours.

On Monday, QPR gained a hugely significant win when they beat struggling Aston Villa to rise off the foot of the Barclays Premier League.

It was only Rangers’

second win of the season and took them to 19th place, three points clear of Burnley, who are now bottom.

HULL (3-5-2)

JAKUPOVIC

CHESTER BRUCE DAVIES

ELMOHAMADY HUDDLESTONE DIAME LIVERMORE BRADY

BEN ARFA HERNANDEZ

MANE PELLE TADIC

S DAVIS

CORK SHNEIDERLIN

BERTRAND ALDERWIERELD FONTE CLYNE

FORSTER

SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-1-3)

Southampton can maintain their second-place position if they extend their impressive run to seven wins in their last eight Barclays Premier League outings.

Ronald Koemen’s impressive team are now just four points behind leaders Chelsea after they won 1-0 last Saturday against Stoke City and the Blues were held to a 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

It is Southampton’s best-ever start to a Premier League season, though their two defeats this season have come on the road, at Liverpool on the opening day of the season and, more recently, at Tottenham Hotspur.

Indeed, only five of their 20 goals have been scored away from St Mary’s Stadium; their away tally is the lowest of the top five in the Premier League.

Hull City, meanwhile, are back at the KC Stadium after registering two impressive away draws.

MANCHESTER CITY (4-4-2)

HART

ZABALETA KOMPANY MANGALA CLICHY

NAVAS TOURE FERNANDO SILVA

DZEKO AGUERO

VAN PERSIE ROONEY

DI MARIA FELLAINI BLIND MATA

SHAW ROJO SMALLING RAFAEL

DE GEA

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-4-2)

The latest Manchester derby, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal’s first, sees both teams not at their best, with Manchester City in third place and United down in eighth.

United did draw with Chelsea last weekend, but they have made their worst start to a Premier League season, winning just 13 points from their opening nine games. Last season under David Moyes, they had 14 points.

Champions City lost 2-1 at West Ham last weekend, their second defeat of the season. And on Wednesday, the Capital One Cup holders were beaten 2-0 at home by Newcastle.

However, City have won five and lost just one of the last six Premier League Manchester derbies. City have won the last three in the Premier League. They have not won four in a row in the league since December 1970.

And Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero have both scored four goals in five Premier League appearances against United.