Saturday sees St. James’ Park play host to one of the most vitriolic atmospheres in the Premier League, when Hull City come to town to try and heap misery on Alan Pardew and his Newcastle side.

Protests against the Newcastle boss are set to dominate the headlines whatever the result but a defeat will likely make Pardew’s position all the more untenable.

30,000 “Sack Pardew” flyers will be handed out before the match and the plan is to protest in the 5th minute of the game – a number that represents the amount of league wins for Newcastle in 2014.

The last time the two sides met, Pardew infamously headbutted Hull’s David Meyler and was given a seven match ban. Newcastle actually won the game 4-2 but the Newcastle manager’s ridiculous actions lived longer in the memory.

Pardew has selection issues ahead of Hull’s visit, with many of his starters against Southampton deserving to be dropped but unable to be replaced in the thin-looking squad.

Mike Williamson had a shocker against the Saints but is likely to continue alongside Fabricio Coloccini, despite Steven Taylor understandably hoping for a promotion to the starting line-up.

Ayoze Perez may be awarded a start up front after Emmanuel Riviere struggled against Southampton, while Yoan Gouffran and Remy Cabella will likely remain on the wings.

Either of the Frenchman could have been replaced by teenager Rolando Aarons, had the winger not been sidelined with a hamstring injury for the next five weeks.

Papiss Cisse has returned to training following a serious knee injury but is not expected to feature, while the same situation applies to Ryan Taylor.

Siem de Jong is out with a muscle tear and Davide Santon hasn’t yet recovered from a knee injury which is due to sideline him until November.

Hull will be without Hatem Ben Arfa, who is ineligible to play against his parent club after joining the Tigers on loan for the season in the summer transfer window. Fellow deadline day loan signing Gaston Ramirez could be in line for his first start.

Record signing Abel Hernandez marked his debut with a goal against West Ham on Monday night and should continue in attack alongside Nikica Jelavic, while fellow debut goal scorer Mohamed Diame will be in midfield.

Robert Snodgrass will miss the game after picking up a long-term injury shortly after signing for Hull from Norwich in the summer.