After scraping past plucky Morecambe in the Capital One Cup earlier this week, Newcastle return to league action in search of their first win – and first goal – of the season when they take on Fulham. Martin Jol’s side came through an equally testing time in the cup this week, squeezing past League 2 side Burton on penalties.

It is Fulham’s second and final trip to the North East this season as they have already taken maximum points from their trip to the Stadium of Light, courtesy of a Pajtim Kasami header. The Cottagers were hardly convincing in taking the points though, as they were outplayed for the most part of the match and almost surprised their own fans when they scored late on.

Much of the talk this week on Tyneside has once again surrounded the future of Yohan Cabaye, with Alan Pardew hinting that the Frenchman may be involved tomorrow. Whether or not it happens is another matter, with Magpies fans resigned to losing their chief playmaker. Vurnon Anita will be hoping his manager keeps faith with him after a couple of encouraging performances in Cabaye’s absence.

Loic Remy is closing in on his Newcastle debut as he regains fitness but is unlikely to start this weekend. A place on the bench could be enough to inspire his new team mates into improving their miserable goal tally this term, as they seek to increase their total of one shot on target all season.

Pardew also has to make the decision regarding formation, with Shola Ameobi scoring the winner in midweek and lengthening his run of good form that started in pre-season. He could partner Papiss Cisse up front in a 4-4-2, or Pardew may turn towards Yoan Gouffran, who didn’t play against Morecambe.

There could also be more involvement for Sammy Ameobi, who has looked impressive when coming on as a substitute in the games against West Ham and Morecambe.

Steven Taylor serves the last of his three-match ban, while Jonas Gutierrez, Cheick Tiote and Massadio Haidara are all injured.

Earlier in the transfer window, Fulham won the race to sign Darren Bent as the former England man signed on loan from Aston Villa and began his Fulham career well, scoring against Arsenal on his debut. He could earn his first start tomorrow, as Dimitar Berbatov leads the line.

Former Newcastle midfielder Scott Parker also signed for Fulham this summer and is expected to start. Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is injured, while former Sunderland man Kieran Richardson is also out.