After seeing their European dream severely dented by an error-ridden performance in Portugal on Thursday night, Newcastle return to their Premier League survival campaign tomorrow when they take on Fulham at St James’ Park.

The Geordies will be glad to return to home soil after suffering two away defeats in their last two outings, with a hammering at Manchester City preceding the defeat to Benfica.

Alan Pardew’s side have won 25 of their 33 points at home this season and with the fierce derby against Sunderland next up after Fulham visit to Tyneside, it’s time for the Magpies to start picking up points.

They can take encouragement from the fact that Fulham are amongst the league’s worst travellers, having relied on their home form to achieve mid-table mediocrity in the last few seasons.

Pardew will be boosted by the return of winger Yoan Gouffran – who was ineligible for the midweek Europa League defeat. Mathieu Debuchy will miss out with a thigh injury, while Fabricio Coloccini, Cheick Tiote, Hatem Ben Arfa and Massadio Haidara are all missing too.

Ryan Taylor will continue his rehabilitation with hopes of making a comeback by the end of the season and Danny Simpson faces a late fitness test, leaving full-back options lacking for the Newcastle boss.

James Perch and Davide Santon are likely to deputise, although Jonas Gutierrez lined up at left-back in both the games against Wigan and Man City. Maybe the results against those teams will prompt Pardew into switching for the more defensive Perch.

Fulham are unbeaten in their last five games and are coming off the back of a 3-2 win over London rivals QPR last Monday, when Dimitar Berbatov helped himself to two goals and Steve Sidwell seen red for a reckless lunge.

As a result, Sidwell will miss out alongside injured pair Ashkan Dejagah and Mahamadou Diarra, while Croatian striker Mladen Petric is also sidelined.

A win for Newcastle would move them 13th, six points clear of the drop zone and ease fears ahead of two crucial games in the next week. If Liverpool beat West Ham by a handsome margin and Newcastle does the business at home, the Magpies could move as high as 12th.