Sunday sees Newcastle attempt to halt their poor home form, as Aston Villa travel to St James’ Park for a 1.30pm kick-off.

It’s been 11 days since the Magpies were hammered on their own patch by Tottenham and some newspapers have been reporting that Alan Pardew must beat Villa in order to stay in a job.

Common sense would suggest that that is something of an exaggeration, but if Newcastle were to lose their sixth home game in a row, pressure on the Toon manager would certainly near a dangerous point.

There is good news for Newcastle though, as Captain Fabricio Coloccini is set to return to the squad. The Argentine has been missing for the last seven games with a knee injury, in which time Newcastle have conceded 15 goals, so the return of the 31-year-old will be widely welcomed.

Pardew is also set to welcome back Cheick Tiote to the side, while Loic Remy returns from suspension. That should mean Newcastle have more of a chance of scoring, something they haven’t done in seven of their last eight league games.

Hatem Ben Arfa scored the winner when Newcastle beat Villa earlier this season but will miss out tomorrow due to an unspecified problem.

As for Aston Villa, Paul Lambert could recall Andreas Weimann to the side, while midfielder Karim El Ahmadi is also fit. Striker Christian Benteke has been a shadow of the player that burst onto the Premier League scene last season but is showing signs of rediscovering some form and should start tomorrow.

A win for Newcastle could move them back above Southampton into 8th in the table, while a defeat would spark a new level of gloom around Tyneside.