St. James' Park
Newcastle United and Swansea City find themselves stuck in mid-table, with both sides probably feeling that they could, and maybe should, have fared better up to this point. The Magpies have struggled to build on their success from last season, with one win in six leaving them six points adrift of the top four. Swansea's recent record also makes for uncomfortable reading, with one win secured in nine, and they have collected just one point from the last 12 available on the road. History is on Newcastle's side, with the hosts having won five and lost none of their last seven games against Swansea in all competitions - a record the Welsh club will be keen to address on Tyneside.
• Newcastle have picked up just four wins from their last 24 Premier League games in the month of November (D10 L10).
• The Swans are yet to win a Premier League game in the month of November (D4 L1).
Cheick Tiote returns from his suspension and will start in midfield but both Jonas Gutierrez and Yohan Cabaye have been ruled out. The former was subbed off midway through last Sunday’s home, while Cabaye was unfit to play for France in midweek with a groin problem. Vernun Anita could cover for Cabaye in the centre of midfield, while Shane Ferguson may repalce Gutierrez on the left, having played there last weekend. Uncertainty currently surrounds the availability of striker Papiss Cisse, who was also withdraw against the Hammers last weekend. Nursing a back injury, the front man did not join up with his Senegal teammates for their friendly against Niger on Wednesday, upsetting the national body. But Pardew is hopeful that any issue will be resolved quickly and positively, allowing Cisse to be selected in the black and white stripes.
T Krul • D Simpson, M Williamson, S Taylor, D Santon • H Ben Arfa, C Tiotè, V Anita, S Ferguson • P Cisse, D Ba
Kemy Agustien could make his first Premier League start of the season at Newcastle on Saturday, with Ki Sung-Yueng likely to be ruled out through injury. Another option open to Laudrup is to recall Danny Graham up front and push Michu back into midfield. Laudrup also has concerns over Pablo Hernandez, Chico and Ashley Williams. The winger is nursing an ankle problem picked up at Southampton, while Williams suffered a minor dead leg against the Saints and Chico is still recovering from the dead leg he picked up at Liverpool a fortnight ago. Hernandez's problem could see Nathan Dyer restored to Swansea's starting line-up on Tyneside, a move which Laudrup might consider anyway given the Englishman's bright displays of late. If one of his central defenders does not make it, Laudrup will have no problem playing club skipper Garry Monk once again after his strong performances against Liverpool, Chelsea and Southampton.
G Tremmel • A Rangel, G Monk, A Williams, B Davies • L Britton, K Augustien • N Dyer, J de Guzman, W Routledge • Michu