After the international break culminated in England getting off to the strongest possible start for European Championship qualification, the Premier League returns tomorrow and Newcastle face their longest trip of the season, away to Southampton.

The 664-mile round trip has sold out amongst Newcastle’s travelling Toon Army, with thanks going to the two clubs to announce a set price for away tickets. A price of £25 a ticket was agreed upon by both clubs earlier this season to stop fans being put off by the five-and-a-half hour journey down south.

Over 1,500 fans are expected to make the trip to St. Mary’s and they could provide an unwelcome atmosphere for Alan Pardew. The Newcastle manager finds himself once again under pressure, largely down to a disappointing end to the transfer window that seen no new strikers arrive at the club and Hatem Ben Arfa leave for Hull City. According to one poll, 85% of Magpies fans want the former West Ham boss to be sent packing.

For now though, Pardew must find a way to get his Newcastle side their first win of the season. His brightest idea may have been to award teenage winger Rolando Aarons his maiden first-team start on the left wing, with Yoan Gouffran making way for the Jamaica-born England under-20 international.

However, Pardew confirmed in Thursday’s press conference that Aarons will miss the game with a hamstring injury, meaning Gouffran is likely to keep his place.

Pardew is boosted by the news that Jack Colback has recovered from an injury that prevented him from making his England debut in the past week. The former Sunderland man is expected to return to Newcastle’s midfield, with a possible change in formation due.

Siem de Jong has been ruled out for a number of months and that may force Pardew to switch to a 4-3-3 formation, with Gouffran and Remy Cabella supporting a central striker. That forward is most likely to be Emmanuel Riviere, although Ayoze Perez is close to a start.

Cheick Tiote completed 90 minutes for Ivory Coast on Wednesday despite not making an appearance for his club all season. The midfield hardman is expected to be named on the bench.

Loan signing Facundo Ferreyra hasn’t made a Premier League squad yet and will miss out tomorrow with a slight back injury. Ryan Taylor has returned to full training for the first time in over a year but the Southampton game will come too soon. Papiss Cisse is also back in training and could make the squad for the Hull game next week.

For Southampton, England goalkeeper Fraser Forster is set to face Newcastle for the first time since leaving St James’ Park for Celtic in 2012. The 6’7” stopper never made a first-team appearance for the Magpies since joining as a 17-year-old.

Ronald Koeman could hand a debut to loan signing Toby Alderweireld, who signed from Atletico Madrid on deadline day. There was a link between Newcastle and the centre-back but the Magpies were reportedly unwilling to match the Belgian’s wages.

Fellow deadline day signing Sadio Mane could also make a debut, having swapped Red Bull Salzburg for St. Mary’s.