Terry Connor will take charge of the visitors as they look to claw themselves away from the drop zone, while Pardew's men will be looking to bounce back from the defeat at Spurs
Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon Guthrie, Tiote, Cabaye, Guiterrez
Foley, Berra, Johnson, Ward
Milijas, Henry, O’Hara, Jarvis
Newcastle looks set to welcome back its influential midfield duo of Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote, after the Frenchman announced himself fit for the weekend clash and the Ivorian returned from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Long-term absentees Leon Best and Steven Taylor are still sidelined, though Ryan Taylor could make the substitutes bench after recovering from an ankle knock picked up in the win over Villa.
For the visitors, caretaker manager Terry Connor is to be without loanee Sebastien Bassong after the Frenchman hobbled off in the 5-1 drumming at the hands of West Brom.
Meanwhile, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake may have to be content with a place on the bench having failed to make an impression when handed his chance against their Black Country rivals. Karl Henry returns from suspension.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- The last time these two sides met, a late Steven Fletcher strike was not enough to prevent defeat, with Newcastle running out 2-1 winners.
- Newcastle is unbeaten in their last five league matches against Wolves, winning two and drawing three.
- Wolves’ 2-1 victory over QPR in its last away game ended a run of ten away games without a win.
- Wolves has found itself in a losing position in 21 of its 25 Premier League games.
- However, the Molineux side have certainly shown they have the character to avoid the drop, having recouped the most points from a losing position out of any team in the Premier League - 13.
- Demba Ba (pictured right) has 16 league goals to his name so far this season, the most a Magpies player has scored in the top flight of English football since Alan Shearer in the 03/04 season.
- Wolves striker Steven Fletcher has also been in good goal-scoring form this season, with 10 league goals. However, no other Wolves player has scored more than three goals in all competitions.
- Wolves is the only team in the Premier League not to have scored a goal from outside the box this season.
- Alan Pardew’s men have conceded the joint-most penalties in the league - Eight.
- Newcastle has taken an impressive twelve points from their last possible eighteen.