Newcastle return to Premier League action tomorrow, when they take on Crystal Palace at St James’ Park.

A win for the Geordies would be their second successive home victory, having snatched a late winner in front of their own fans against Aston Villa just under a month ago.

Alan Pardew will watch the game from the Newcastle training ground as he serves the second of his three-match stadium ban.

The Newcastle manager has been given one boost ahead of the game against Palace, with Hatem Ben Arfa returning to the squad for the first time in three games. The French winger could be key against a Palace side that will undoubtedly be unadventurous in their approach to the game.

Loic Remy is still missing with a calf injury and Mathieu Debuchy is sidelined with a groin problem. Davide Santon has returned to training but will not feature, meaning Paul Dummett will likely continue at left-back.

Papiss Cisse is set to continue up front, despite having not scored in open play all season. Luuk de Jong is the favourite to partner him but he hasn’t scored since joining on loan in January. This one might not be a goalfest.

Dan Gosling may be in the Newcastle squad after he escaped a ban for a breach of betting rules. The FA fined the midfielder £30k but he remains available for the Magpies.

Palace boss Tony Pulis has striker problems himself. Top scorer Marouane Chamakh will miss out through injury while Dwight Gayle – who was playing non-league football two years ago – is also sidelined.

That means Pulis will likely stick with Glenn Murray up front with Cameron Jerome on the bench. Barry Bannan and Danny Gabbidon face late tests to determine their fitness.

A win for Newcastle could move them back up to eighth in the league table, while Palace will be looking to stretch the distance between themselves and the relegation zone with victory.