Newcastle’s penultimate home game of the season sees Swansea City travel to Tyneside, as the Welsh side aim to secure their Premier League status for another season.

A win at St James’ Park would be a huge help for the struggling Welshmen and would also set an unwanted record for Alan Pardew, who is hoping that he isn’t the first Newcastle manager to lose five Premier League games in a row.

Pardew’s side are desperately out of form and haven’t found the net in four games but the potential return of Loic Remy may change that, as the on-loan striker closes in on a return to the side. The former Marseille striker is back in training after a muscle injury and a decision on his fitness will be made on Saturday.

The Newcastle manager could be handed another boost in the shape of Mathieu Debuchy, who is also facing a late fitness test ahead of kick-off. Steven Taylor limped out of last week’s defeat to Stoke but is expected to be in the squad.

Hatem Ben Arfa will not be involved – officially through injury – as he falls further out of favour with his manager. Moussa Sissoko is still missing with a knock he picked up against Southampton last month.

As for Swansea, rookie manager Garry Monk will go in search of his first ever away win as Swans boss and also hope for his first clean sheet too. He will have to do it without the help of centre-back Chico Flores though, as the Spaniard continues the suspension he picked up against Chelsea a fortnight ago.

A win for Newcastle could move them back into eighth in the Premier League table and ease the pressure from below them. Stoke are just a win behind the Magpies and in-form Crystal Palace are six behind the Geordies, who still have Arsenal and Liverpool in their run-in.