The international break is over and Newcastle United welcome Norwich City to St James’ Park as they go in search of their third successive victory.

Prior to the international break, Newcastle turned their fortunes around, responding to derby-day defeat with two impressive wins against Chelsea and Tottenham, lifting them to ninth in the Premier League and four points off the top four.

The mood on Tyneside is upbeat as Newcastle’s French quartet of Mathieu Debuchy, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy were victorious in a dramatic World Cup play-off with Ukraine, booking their place in next summer’s finals in Brazil.

Newcastle have a host of French players vying for places in Didier Deschamps’ World Cup side and that extra incentive could benefit Alan Pardew’s side greatly. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran and out of favour Hatem Ben Arfa will be doing their all to try and join the four that are already involved.

Newcastle’s French four all returned free of injury. However, in-form Debuchy will miss tomorrow’s game as he serves a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth booking of the season against Tottenham. Newcastle are 3/4 to beat Norwich at bookmakers Betfair.

For once Newcastle won’t be short of defensive options with Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Paul Dummett all fit and available for selection. Jonas Gutierrez should also be available, the midfielder has returned following time in Argentina for personal reasons.

Norwich boss and former Toon favourite Chris Hughton returns to St James’ Park a man under immense pressure despite a 3-1 win over West Ham just before the international break.

The Canaries have been extremely disappointing away from home, conceding 15 goals in their last three on their travels.

Once again Hughton will be without summer signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel who misses out because of a toe injury. However, Anthony Pilkington has recovered from a hamstring problem picked up during the win against West Ham.