Yohan Cabaye - Newcastle United Football News

So the Christmas festivities are over, a ton of turkey has gone down a treat and bubble and squeak is the tea time meal for the next fortnight, it’s time to concentrate on the football again. Boxing Day has never harboured much success for Newcastle but tomorrow’s visit to the Reebok Stadium to take on relegation threatened Bolton is as good a chance as any to end the post-Christmas curse.

The two sides could both be considered something of surprise packages so far this season, although Bolton have surprised many with their awful start to the season. The Trotters have lost 13 out of 16 games this season and only Blackburn lie below Coyle’s side in the table.

Bolton did however win their six-pointer against Steve Kean’s men on Monday night though, meaning they come into this game on the back of only their third win all season. Newcastle fans will remember this meeting last season, when Kevin Davies and the now departed Johan Elmander dismantled the Geordies 5-1.

Newcastle have gone from one of the most in-form teams in the league to the opposite, having not won in their last six games. The media has been quick to pick up on it too, but Wednesday’s performance, despite the result, against West Brom proved the wind hasn’t all been taken from the Geordie sails.

Yohan Cabaye will return to the side to give Alan Pardew a boost, after serving his suspension in the defeat to West Brom last time out. Cabaye’s return will most likely mean Haris Vuckic drops out of the first team, despite showing his potential with a stunning display against the Baggies.

James Perch is set to continue with Fabricio Coloccini in the heart of defence, with the former Forest man seemingly being preferred over Mike Williamson. However, with Bolton’s substantial physicality, the added height of Williamson could warrant a start for the defender.

Davide Santon is doubtful with a knee injury that forced him off at half-time in the West Brom game, whilst Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands, Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux are all out through injury, whilst Dan Gosling is still suspended.

Marcos Alonso will be missing for Bolton after undergoing surgery for a foot injury, so Paul Robinson could come back into the side after being displaced by the Spaniard before injury struck. Wanderers will be boosted by the return of former Middlesbrough defender David Wheater, who has completed a four-match suspension.

Newcastle have only won twice on Boxing Day since the inception of the Premier League, so post-Christmas tends not to be the most joyful of times for Toon fans. Saying that, the travelling Toon Army will be 4000 strong tomorrow, having sold their entire allocation as usual.