Roberto Martinez takes Wigan Athletic to St James' Park in this Monday night fixture. The Latics have the same number of points as their hosts - 14 - but trail the Magpies on goal difference. Both sides slipped to defeats in their midweek games, with Wigan losing 0-2 at home to champions Manchester City and Newcastle beaten 2-1 to Stoke City at the Britannia.
In the same fixture last season, Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye scored a late winner, his first goal for the club, to condemn Wigan to a six game losing streak and continue Newcastle's unbeaten start to the 2011/12 season.
Where to Watch
Kick-off is set for 8 pm GMT. Live coverage will be available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD, with BBC Radio 5 live providing commentary.
Newcastle have been unable to replicate the fine form of last season. The Magpies started well, with an opening day win over Tottenham at home but a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge in their next league game was a sign of things to come, as Pardew's men went on a run of only one win from the next six Premier League fixtures. Worse still, Newcastle are winless in seven games, across all competitions, coming into this game; the last win was in October, a 2-1 home win over West Bromwich.
The silver lining, as such, is that the club's European form is better. They have qualified for the next round with two wins and no defeats from five games so far and the midweek fixture against Bordeaux in France will only decide who wins Group D.
Meanwhile, Wigan are struggling to put together meaningful results, much like they did at the start of last season. The Latics' Premier League status was only ensured after Spanish manager Martinez inspired a run of six wins in the last eight games of the season. That run included wins over Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle (4-0 at the DW Stadium). And as impressive as that run was, Martinez will be praying he won't have to create a similar miracle this season.
Recent results have been patchy for the club, with wins over Tottenham (0-1 at White Hart Lane) and Reading (3-2 at the DW Stadium) mixed with defeats to Liverpool (3-0 at Anfield) and City. Consistency of results is key for Martinez, particularly with a run of interesting fixtures on the way. Wigan play Arsenal (at home) and Everton and Norwich (away) in December, with games against struggling QPR (home) and Aston Villa (away) also scheduled.
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L L D L L
- Last Match: Stoke City 2 - 1 Newcastle United
- Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L W L L W
- Last Match: Wigan Athletic 0 - 2 Manchester City
Pardew has a sizeable injury list to consider for this game, with Steven Taylor (hamstring) and Cabaye (groin) adding to that list. Both players are expected to be out till the New Year. The injury list also includes Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring), Dan Gosling (knee) and Haris Vuckic and R Taylor (ACL).
The good news is striker Shola Ameobi could return from his groin injury, pending a late test. Fitness tests will also be conducted on French winger Gabriel Obertan, who has a toe injury.
Probable Line-Up: Krul; Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon; Gutierrez, Anita, Tiote, Ferguson; Ba, Cisse
Wigan could welcome back a number of key first team players, with captain Gary Caldwell and James McArthur facing fitness tests. The squad could be further boosted by the return of Shaun Maloney, on-loan Japanese midfielder Ryo Miyachi, winger Albert Crusat and defender Antolin Alcaraz. However, Ivan Ramis and Ben Watson remain long-term absentees.
Probable Line-Up: Al-Habsi; Stam, Boyce, Figueroa, Lopez; Gomez, McCarthy, Jones, Beausejour; Kone, Di Santo