Newcastle’s Premier League season finally gets underway tomorrow, when reigning champions Manchester City visit St James’ Park for a 4 o’clock kick off.

The two sides met on the opening fixture of last season at the Etihad and the home side ran out 4-0 winners, a result Magpies boss Alan Pardew will be hoping to avoid a repeat of tomorrow.

Pardew will be hoping his new signings can make an instant impact, with up to seven new faces preparing for their Newcastle debuts.

Daryl Janmaat, Jack Colback, Facundo Ferreyra, Ayoze Perez, Emmanuel Riviere and Remy Cabella are all hoping for starts but former Ajax man Siem de Jong is expected to miss out through injury.

Cheick Tiote, Davide Santon and Papiss Cisse will join the Dutchman on the sidelines while Ryan Taylor is unlikely to make the squad as he regains match fitness following a two-year injury layoff.

Hatem Ben Arfa’s exile from the first-team is set to continue, while Jonas Gutierrez will not be involved after seemingly suffering the same fate as the Frenchman.

As for the champions, manager Manuel Pellegrini has been relatively quiet in the transfer market this summer but has recently captured £30m centre-back Eliaquim Mangala from FC Porto. The Frenchman won’t be involved tomorrow though, while Vincent Kompany’s participation is yet to be confirmed after the City captain sat out his side’s 0-3 defeat in the Community Shield last weekend.

Also missing for the heavy defeat at the hands of Arsenal were Pablo Zabaleta, Sergio Aguero, Martin Demichelis, Fernandinho and Bacary Sagna but all are in contention to start tomorrow. Frank Lampard has arrived on loan from new club New York City FC and could make his debut.

City have had a good pre-season and performed well in the International Challenge Cup, where striker Stevan Jovetic top scored. The Serbian striker is in fine form after missing the majority of last season through injury and could be City’s main threat tomorrow.

The game sees Pardew and Pellegrini renew their rivalry after last season’s antics, which seen the Newcastle chief level some rather choice words at his Chilean counterpart. After a good summer of recruiting, Pardew will do well to avoid the headlines given his disciplinary problems last season and let his team take the limelight.

Before the game there will be two wreaths laid to commemorate the deaths of Newcastle fans John Alder and Liam Sweeney and a minute’s silence for the pair who lost their lives on board flight MH17 in July.