Sunderland, however, are outside of the relegation zone on goal difference following a run of nine games without a victory. The Black Cats lost 2-1 at Chelsea last week in Paolo Di Canio's first match as manager.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will be forced to rotate his squad following the club's Europa League quarter-final exit at the hands of Benfica on Thursday evening. Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon and Cheik Tiote will be absent through injury, while Hatem Ben Arfa may start after making a quick recovery from a hamstring injury.
The visitors will be without skipper Lee Cattermole, top scorer Steven Fletcher, Wes Brown and Carlos Cuellar due to injuries. John O'Shea and Matthew Kilgallon are expected to keep their places in defence.
Possible starting lineups
Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Yanga-M'Biwa, Anita; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Sissoko, Gutierrez, Gouffran; Cisse
Sunderland: Mignolet; Bardsley, O'Shea, Kilgallon, Rose; Johnson, Larsson, Gardner, N'Diaye, Sessegnon; Graham
Sports Mole says: 1-1