Newcastle travel to London tomorrow to face West Ham, hoping to make it seven successive victories in all competitions.

The previous six wins have propelled the Magpies to fifth place in the Premier League table and a win in the capital may take them into the top four.

West Ham have been impressive in the early stages of this season too though, as the Hammers sit one point and one place below Newcastle in the table.

Both Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce were hot favourites to be the first relieved of their duties with the bookmakers earlier this season. How times change.

The two bosses have various injury problems to deal with tomorrow, as the treatment table grows ever busier at both Upton Park and St James’ Park.

Ryan Taylor’s injury against QPR is not as bad as first feared and the defender could be back in training in less than a month but the game will come too soon for young winger Rolando Aarons. Steven Taylor should make the squad after recovering from a knock while Fabricio Coloccini is back in training but not expected to be involved. Striker Emmanuel Riviere could be involved after injury.

That leaves Mehdi Abeid, Siem de Jong, Davide Santon and Gabriel Obertan as absentees, although de Jong has started light training again as he targets a comeback in the New Year.

Reports emerged on Thursday that Tim Krul picked up a knock in training, so Rob Elliot is on standby to replace the Dutchman in goal.

Former Newcastle boss Allardyce has seen injuries affect his sides’ form in recent weeks and his side haven’t won since beating Manchester City at home over a month ago.

Stewart Downing, Alex Song, record signing Enner Valencia and top scorer Diafra Sakho are all injury doubts for the Hammers but ex-Toon duo Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan should be involved.