St. James' Park
Four wins in a row have seen Newcastle cement sixth place in the Premier League, a first European sojourn for five years beckons, and if they can maintain their present momentum, Champions League qualification remains a possibility. The Magpies have made a charge for the top four in recent weeks and are now within touching distance of Tottenham - who currently occupy fourth place.
Bolton are looking to bounce back from their home defeat to Fulham on Saturday as they were outclassed 3-0, which brought their run of three successive wins to a grinding halt. Whilst Newcastle look for a Champions League spot, Bolton are still embroiled in a relegation battle - they sit just one point above the drop zone. Recent history, as well as form, would also point in Newcastle's favour with Bolton winning only once in the Premier League on Tyneside, coming back in 2006.
• Newcastle are unbeaten in eight games against teams in the bottom five of the table this season, winning six.
• Bolton have earned just one point from 10 games against the current top six in the Premier League and none on the road.
Newcastle seem likely to shake-up their starting line-up ahead of their home clash with Bolton, although Alan Pardew’s options look limited by injuries. With Cheick Tiotè still expected to be out, Ryan Taylor would be the prime candidate to step into the starting XI as he did in the previous fixture. Yohan Cabaye is also a slight concern having suffered a slight strain which saw him forced off at the Liberty so Dan Gosling will stand by to be involved.
A daunting trip to St. James' Park on Monday night could see Owen Coyle change his lineup following the bitterly disappointing home defeat to Fulham. Kevin Davies, Ivan Klasnic and Chris Eagles will all be pushing for inclusion having seen action from the bench on Saturday, with the likes of David N'Gog, Darren Pratley and Ryo Miyaichi candidates to make way. Gretar Steinsson will also come into consideration for a recall with Marcos Alonso likely to miss out having suffered a calf injury
Possible starting XIs:
T Krul • D Simpson, M Williamson, J Perch, D Santon • R Taylor, J Gutiérrez • H Ben Arfa, Y Cabaye, D Ba • P Cissè
A Bogdan • G Steinsson, D Wheater, T Ream, S Ricketts • C Eagles, N Reo-Coker, M Davies, M Petrov • I Klasnic, K Davies