Mark Hughes' side have not fared well lately winning just thrice in 14 games and were thrashed 5-0 by Chelsea in their last outing.
However, their home record of two wins in three games ensured they are three places clear of the relegation zone with 20 points from 21 games. Besides, they are unbeaten in their last seven home league games played on New Year's Day, winning four of them. They will be coming into this tie as slight favourites at the odds of (2.30) with Nairabet.
Two of their last four meetings with their visitors ended in stalemates and odds of (3.35) is available for them to share the spoils.
For Rafael Benitez’s men, prior to their win against West Ham United, they had lost their previous four matches. In addition, they are winless in their last two games, losing to Manchester City before recording a barren draw with Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Magpies are in 16th spot in the log with 19 points from 21 games, two places above the drop zone and will be hoping to upset the odds of (3.35) in order to brighten their chances of avoiding a return to the Championship at the end of the season.
Goals will not likely be at the premium going by the record of their previous meetings where the last six games between both sides produced just eight goals. The bookies are offering (1.80) for less than three goals to surface in the clash.
It is also worth noting that three of the last four first-half duels between the two teams ended in deadlocks. The betting firm is backing a first-half draw at the price of (2.15).