Fabricio Coloccini - Newcastle United News

So, the unbeaten record in all competitions has disappeared courtesy of Steve Kean’s Blackburn Rovers, but now Newcastle return to Premier League action tomorrow night when they face arguably the toughest away trip in the season; the Britannia to take on Stoke.

The cacophony of noise created by the Potters on home soil is deafening and somewhat similar to the 52,000 that sing their heads off inside St James’ Park week in, week out. In that sense it could be described as similar to a home game for the Geordies. However, take into account the relentless long throws and long-ball tactics of Tony Pulis’ side and it’s far from the liquid football Newcastle fans have been used to seeing at times this season.

Despite the magnificent unbeaten run coming to an end in the Carling Cup on Wednesday, the Geordies still have a 12-game undefeated streak to defend, stretching back to last season. A win or draw tomorrow and we’ll go ahead of Chelsea into third in the table, just a point behind Manchester United should we get all three points.

Last Haloween was one of the proudest days in Geordie folklore, when we battered the unwashed from up the road in that famous 5-1 spanking. More Haloween puns are sure to come over the next 24 hours for sure, but hopefully it won’t be a “scare” for Alan Pardew’s side tomorrow (no more I promise).

Actually there is more, Steven Taylor could well get into the Haloween spirit by wearing a protective mask to guard his nose from further damage, after he broke it in the win over Wigan last weekend. Shola Ameobi will miss out with a hamstring injury and Mike Williamson is still weeks away with an ankle problem. Cheick Tiote is also likely to miss out with a knee injury, despite being rested for the Blackburn game in an attempt to get him fit for this one.

That means there could be a second consecutive appearance for Danny Guthrie, whose goal scoring performance against Rovers might have persuaded Pardew to believe he does have a black and white future, despite not doing much to impress in the years he’s already been here.

For Stoke, Tony Pulis will be without Mamady Sidibe, who may have to retire with a serious knee injury, and Ricardo Fuller, who won’t. Former Mackem Danny Higginbotham could be included and former Magpie Jonathan Woodgate should play in his ninth game of the season, which is about the same number of games he ever managed for us lot.

Stoke are coming off the back of a Carling Cup defeat to Liverpool on Wednesday, and have a packed schedule thanks to their fledgling Europa League campaign, which makes them easy pickings if they have a weekend game. Just our luck that we play them on a Monday, when they’re fully fit.

Last time we played Stoke, they handed Alan Pardew his biggest defeat as Newcastle manager, when they spanked the Geordies 4-0. This time round it’s sure to be a tighter affair, with Stoke undoubtedly providing Newcastle’s sternest test to their unbeaten run so far this term.

Only Manchester City, Newcastle and former Magpie Lee Clark’s Huddersfield are unbeaten in league action this season and hopefully that’ll be the case come 10pm tomorrow night.