After turning in comfortably their worst performance of the season, Newcastle return to Premier League action today when they travel to Wales. League newcomers Cardiff are the opposition and welcome the Magpies for the first time in the top flight of English football in over 50 years.

Bluebirds manager Malky Mackay has an interesting connection with Toon boss Alan Pardew, having played for him while at West Ham United towards the end of the Scot’s playing career. Mackay also turned down the chance to work under Pardew at Newcastle in 2010.

The Newcastle manager will have spent the majority of the week figuring out how to avoid a repeat of his side’s first-half display against Everton, in which they conceded three simple goals and gave themselves a proverbial mountain to climb.

That could mean a chance for Mike Williamson in the heart of defence, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa dropping out of the side. The Frenchman was hooked at half-time in the Everton game after having a nightmare and the Geordies looked more comfortable with Williamson partnering Fabricio Coloccini in the second period.

Pardew also has to choose who leads the line against Cardiff, with Loic Remy currently in form while Papiss Cisse remains without a goal all season. The Senegal striker was dropped to the bench in the last match with Yoan Gouffran taking – and performing well in – his place.

Good news for Newcastle comes in the form of Yohan Cabaye being fit to start, after a groin problem prevented him from starting against Everton.

Jonas Gutierrez and Shola Ameobi may be involved after recovering from injury but there will be no place for Steven Taylor, who is still hamstrung.

Cardiff will once again be without big-money signing Andreas Cornelius, who has only made one appearance since joining from Danish side Copenhagen because of an ankle problem. There could be an appearance against his former club for Craig Bellamy, who is back with his boyhood club after spells with Liverpool, Manchester City, Blackburn and West Ham since his Newcastle stint.