By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United travel to South Wales on Saturday to take on Cardiff City in the Barclays Premier League (3pm kick-off).
The Magpies will be looking to bounce back from successive 3-2 league defeats - against Hull City and Everton - while Cardiff go into the match on the back of an impressive 2-1 victory away at Fulham.
The sides met in a pre-season friendly in the summer of 2012 but their last competitive fixture came during United's romp to the Championship title in 2010.
Saturday's game is the 52nd match between the two clubs, and the 49th in the league. Newcastle have won the last seven games between the two sides.
Newcastle's allocation for this fixture has sold out.
February 5th, 2010 - Newcastle 5 (Carroll 3,15, Gyepes og 6, Lovenkrands 69,82) Cardiff 1 (Wildig 89)
Newcastle (4-4-2): Steve Harper; Danny Simpson, Fitz Hall (Tamas Kadar 82), Mike Williamson, Patrick van Aanholt; Wayne Routledge, Kevin Nolan, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez (Ryan Taylor 79); Andy Carroll, Leon Best (Peter Lovenkrands 60)
Cardiff (4-3-3): David Marshall; Kevin McNaughton, Anthony Gerrard, Gabor Gyepes, Adam Matthews (Mark Kennedy 46); Darcy Blake, Stephen McPhail (Aaron Wildig 75), Peter Whittingham; Ross McCormack, Jay Bothroyd (Chris Burke 30), Michael Chopra
FULL RECORD v CARDIFF
P51 W23 D13 L15 F90 A60
(Last six games - all competitions)
Cardiff - WLLDDW
Newcastle - LWLWWW
Cardiff (v Fulham, Premier League): David Marshall; Kevin Theophile-Catherine, Ben Turner, Steven Caulker, Andrew Taylor; Aron Gunnarsson, Gary Medel; Peter Odemwingie (Craig Bellamy 81), Bo-Kyung Kim (Jordon Mutch 56), Peter Whittingham; Fraizer Campbell (Nicky Maynard 72)
Not used: Joe Lewis, Mark Hudson, Don Cowie, Craig Noone
Newcastle (v Everton, Premier League): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Mike Williamson 46), Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita (Papiss Cisse 69), Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko; Yoan Gouffran, Loic Remy, Hatem Ben Arfa (Yohan Cabaye 46)
Not used: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi
Cardiff - Fraizer Campbell (2)
Newcastle - Loic Remy (3)
Cardiff - Summer signing Andreas Cornelius is expected to miss out with an ankle injury, but former Magpies' striker Craig Bellamy could be back in the Cardiff line-up to face his former side, having been dropped to the bench last weekend.
Newcastle - Steven Taylor (hamstring), Massadio Haidara (knee) and Ryan Taylor (knee) all remain sidelined for the Magpies, but Argentine midfielder Jonas Gutierrez could be back involved for the first time since the opening day of the season, when he suffered a hamstring injury.
A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Malky Mackay, Cardiff manager: "The victory at Fulham has settled the players down and given them belief. We'd been on the receiving end of a late winner ourselves the week before so I knew what (Fulham boss) Martin Jol was going through. It was a very good time for us to score, but we deserved it overall. Alan will have had a few harsh words for his players after Everton and we are very much going to need to be on our toes."
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "Cardiff are going very, very well under Malky and I have been impressed with their performances. They will have a good feeling after scoring in the last minute of the last game, and it will be a tough agenda for us. But we have the quality to cause them problems, and if we can keep it tight then we will score. We have to try and get a win there, and if we can do that then we should move into mid-table."
Kevin Friend (Leicestershire): 2013/14 record - 5 games, 18 yellow cards, 0 red cards
PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Craig Bellamy, Paul Bodin, Michael Chopra, Des Hamilton, Wayne Routledge, Haris Vuckic
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DID YOU KNOW?
Cardiff have only scored one goal in the first half in Premier League action this season, and are yet to be in a winning position at half-time.