After seeing their first tilt at silverware of the season go down the pan against Manchester United in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday, Newcastle United’s attention returns to the Premier League this afternoon. The Magpies face a trip to newly-promoted Reading and look to make the Royals their second win on the bounce, having overcome Norwich last week.

Alan Pardew has this week signed a massive eight-year contract extension to remain Newcastle boss until 2020, along with some key backroom staff. The news is a statement of intent from Toon supremo Mike Ashley, who has signalled his desire to stick with the current regime until he can get the club to where he wants them to be.

Pardew will also return to the touchline today, having served the last of his two-game ban for pushing a linesman against Norwich last week. The boss will also be boosted by the return of Cheick Tiote who should start after playing against Man United in the week.

However, the Magpies will be without Tim Krul and Yohan Cabaye for the trip to the Madejski. The goalkeeper is back in training and should be ready for next week’s game against Man United, if not the game against Bordeaux on Thursday. Cabaye’s absence is a little bit stranger, with the French midfielder struggling with a tooth problem that will see him miss out. Danny Simpson is back in training but not fit to play a part this week.

Former Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie should line up against his old side, after swapping bench life on Tyneside for a relegation battle in Berkshire in the off season. Pavel Pogrebnyak netted his first goal for Reading in the league cup in midweek and looks to open his Premier League scoring account for his new club this afternoon.

A win for Reading would see them climb off the bottom of the table and give them their first win back in the top flight, while three points for Newcastle could see them leap up the table as high as third if numerous other results go their way.

By Chief Sports Writer, Marley Anderson