As the hectic Christmas period kicks into full gear, Newcastle United host Everton at St James’ Park just 48 hours after losing at Old Trafford.

Alan Pardew’s side will be hoping to overturn a miserable run of form which has seen them slip to tenth in the table and crash out of the League Cup after four successive defeats.

Roberto Martinez’s side haven’t been faring much better though, as they try and combine a Europa League tilt with domestic success. The Toffees are currently 12th in the table, two points behind Newcastle and with only one win in their last six league games.

Newcastle will be boosted by the return of Cheick Tiote after suspension ruled him out of the loss against Man United. He will likely take the place of Vurnon Anita, who made a rare start after falling from favour severely in recent months.

Massadio Haidara may start at left-back after Paul Dummett was replaced at Old Trafford, while Papiss Cisse may start up front depending on the condition of his problematic knee.

Davide Santon is closing in on a return to the first-team squad and could be involved, while Jonas Gutierrez could make an emotional return to St James’ Park after overcoming testicular cancer.

No news has come regarding Sammy Ameobi but Gabriel Obertan, Mehdi Abeid, Siem de Jong, Ryan Taylor and Rolando Aarons are all out with injury.

Everton boss Martinez has injury problems of his own, after two of his star players limped off in the Boxing Day loss at home to Stoke City. Tim Howard had to be replaced by the ever-dodgy Joel Robles, while Phil Jagielka also picked up an injury and was replaced by the even dodgier Antolin Alcaraz.

Steven Naismith picked up his fifth booking of the season against Stoke and will serve a one-match ban, while Leon Osman, Darron Gibson, Tony Hibbert and Christian Atsu are all unfit.

A win for Newcastle in their final home game of 2014 could move them up one place, while an away win would see Everton overtake the Geordies in the top half.