After failing to pick up an away victory early in the campaign Newcastle United have now secured two successive wins on the road, after surprisingly knocked Manchester City out of the League Cup on Wednesday evening.
Thousands of fans have recently been running a strong and harsh campaign for their manager Alan Pardew to be sacked after an unforgivable start to the season.
It took them approximately two months to take their first three points of the season in a lucky victory over Premier League new boys Leicester.
But there must be something in the water at Newcastle as they travelled to White Hart Lane to beat Spurs 2-1, albeit Mauricio Pochettino's side are struggling to find a consistent home form.
Pardew's side then made the dreaded the trip to the Etihad to face a fearsome Manchester City side. However, an early Rolando Aarons goal fired a tranquilliser dart into the neck of Manuel Pellegrini's side and before they were allowed time to wake up Newcastle had scored once again, courtesy of some fine individual play from Moussa Sissoko.
Pardew earns a reprieve...for now
All those who were calling for Pardew's head have now hidden into the shadows. As have those criticising Mario Balotelli after his goal inspired a marvellous comeback for Liverpool against Swansea in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.
Although Liverpool's form tells that a result on Saturday's early kick off could be hard to put a finger on. Their previous league result was a 0-0 home draw against an over-performing Hull City side which came after a fortunate 3-2 away triumph at Loftus Road.
Pardew may decide to go with the same side that blew away Manchester City midweek, but will have the option to put the now fully fit Emmanuel Riviere into the starting lineup. However, Chiek Tiote and Mike Williamson are both injury doubts but Papiss Cisse is "touch and go" according to the Newcastle boss.
Balotelli can relate to pressure on Pardew
Brendan Rodgers should be unfazed to start Mario Balotelli this week after he finally cleared his name by scoring a goal, however the Italian is still awaiting his first league goal for the Reds.
Jose Enrique will miss the tie against his former club. Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho and Jon Flanagan all remain long-term absentees.
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