Tonight sees Alan Pardew take charge of Newcastle United for the 150th time as Tottenham Hotspur travel to St James’ Park for a 7.45pm kick off.

Pardew currently has a record of 57 wins and 56 losses to date, with the remaining 36 ending in draws.

If the Newcastle manager is to prevent the win-loss column from levelling, he will have to overcome a host of injury problems that severely limit his options.

Loic Remy serves the third and final game of his ridiculous ban for headbutting Norwich’s Bradley Johnson, while Captain Fabricio Coloccini and vice captain Cheick Tiote are out with injuries.

The Argentina centre-back has at least returned to training but is nowhere near match fitness. Tiote is expected to be out for at least another game after Tottenham.

Also missing are Yoan Gouffran, – Newcastle’s second highest scorer – Gael Bigirimana, Gabriel Obertan and Mathieu Debuchy – who suffered a knock in the defeat to Chelsea.

Papiss Cisse has reportedly been given three months to start scoring or risk being sold, but will not be able to start his turnaround tonight, as he is another visitor to the treatment table.

Tim Krul picked up a slight injury in the Chelsea game but should be ok.

The squad is so thin that 17-year-old Adam Armstrong is expected to make his senior debut for the club. Armstrong has only been a full-time professional for a year and has scored five goals in five games for Newcastle’s under-21 side this season.

As for Spurs, Tim Sherwood makes his first trip to St James’ Park as a manager without flop summer signing Erik Lamela. Midfielder Sandro is also out, while Vlad Chiriches is injured.

Since Sherwood took the reins after Andre Villas-Boas was axed, the resurgence of Emmanuel Adebayor has been remarkable. The former Arsenal and Man City striker has became the main goal scorer at White Hart Lane and has six goals in ten games so far, including the winner in Sunday’s win over Everton.

England winger Andros Townsend may be set for his first start in eight weeks after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Newcastle will be looking to avoid a fourth home defeat in a row when kick-off arrives and one thing that may buoy the side is the crowd. The last time the Magpies played in front of their own, they were humiliated by Sunderland, so a response is needed.