North End can have a big say in the promotion race as they head to St James’ Park for the second time this season for a live Sky game on Monday night.
The Lilywhites put in one of their best performances of the season against the Magpies at Deepdale back in November, but still came away with nothing after a controversial late decision not to award them a penalty.
Rafa Benitez’s men are on the verge of an immediate return to the top flight and will be hoping that results will allow them to all but secure that in front of their own fans and the watching nation via the TV cameras.
But Simon Grayson’s men will aim to be party poopers as they aim to end the season in a positive manner, in their penultimate away game of the campaign.
Alex Baptiste sits out the final match of his three game ban, whilst it is the second of three for Ben Pearson. Defensive options are limited with Tom Clarke (Achilles) and Greg Cunningham (broken leg) joining Calum Woods (knee) and John Welsh (calf) on the sidelines for the rest of the season.
The good news for the manager is the return of Tyias Browning to full training and he could well go straight back into the starting XI for the trip to the north east.
Benitez has a multitude of options available to him and may choose to make changes after last weekend’s 3-1 defeat to Ipswich Town, but he has no new significant injury problems causing any headaches.
The Match Official
For the fifth, and we suspect final time this season, the Lilywhites will be officiated by Andy Madley on Monday evening; the man who took charge of our Play-Off Final in 2015.
In 2014/15, he took charge of three North End games, including the win at Wembley, having been the man with the whistle in the first league win of the season, the 4-0 triumph at Scunthorpe United back in August of 2014 and then the live game against Fleetwood Town at Highbury in March 2015, which ended 1-1.
If you think the name rings a bell, it should. Mr Madley was also in charge of our now memorable Cup win over Blackpool in 2013/14 and then also took charge at Port Vale when North End won 2-0 with ten men.
Earlier this season he oversaw our first league win of the campaign at Queens Park Rangers, the defeat in the League Cup at St James’ Park, the draw at Aston Villa in January and the thumping 5-0 home win over Bristol City, whilst last season he also took charge of the 1-0 win over MK Dons at stadium:mk on 15th August 2015.
Tickets are available in person from Deepdale, by calling 0344 856 1966 or in person from the ticket office. Tickets will remain on sale from Deepdale until 2pm on Monday, with online sales ending at the earlier time of 12.30pm.
PNE have received 1,087 tickets for this fixture, which are situated in the Leazes Stand.
Prices for this game are as follows: Adults £27, seniors (65 and over) £22, full-time students* £22, U18s £14. *Student ID must be shown at the turnstiles)
Juniors aged under 13 years-old must be accompanied to the match by an adult. Supporters will be challenged to prove their age and/or identify their chaperone. Anyone who is unable to do this will be denied entry to the stadium.
There are four pairs of wheelchair and carer tickets priced at £14 with the carer ticket free of charge. Ambulant support tickets are taken from the main allocation and are priced at the same as wheelchair and carer tickets.
Sections LL7M to LL7H are balcony seats and will be kept aside for senior citizens, young children and ambulant supporters should they wish to sit there as well as those supporters who are unable or unwilling to stand throughout the match.
Newcastle United stress that there are 140 stairs and 14 landings up to the level seven seating. Any supporter who has difficulty walking or is concerned about the climb may use the nearby lift. Please speak to a steward at the match who will be able to help.
Coach travel is also available for the trip and is priced at £15 for all. Coaches will depart both Deepdale and Leyland at 3.15pm.
If you can’t get to the St James’ Park, Guy Clarke and former PNE midfielder Paul McKenna will be live on PNE Player from 7.15pm bringing you live and uninterrupted match commentary.
You can also follow the game on our official Twitter feed @pnefc, and online at facebook.com/officialPNEFC. Whilst from 12 noon on Tuesday highlights of the game will be available, both in extended version on PNE Player HD and a shortened 90 second version on our YouTube site youtube.com/pnefcofficial.
To watch what the manager has to say about the game, click below
To hear from Tyias Browning when he spoke to PNE PlayerHD to preview the clash click on the video below