ALAN Pardew will bring his big guns back into his side tonight to break down the doors at Everton’s fortress-like home.
Loic Remy and Hatem Ben Arfa didn’t feature in last week’s Capital One Cup win over Leeds United.
But the pair are set to return to the starting XI at Goodison Park, where Everton haven’t conceded a Premier League since March.
While Ben Arfa and Remy - who have scored four goals between them so far this season - are certain of starts, Pardew has decisions to make elsewhere in his team.
Yoan Gouffran, Paul Dummett and Sammy Ameobi - who all impressed against Leeds - are all pushing for starts along with Cheik Tiote.
“Whichever team we go for, we have the options to change things,” said Pardew, whose side were beaten at home by Hull City in their last home outing.
“Like a lot of teams,we have been up and down this season, but the signs are good.
“We are stronger this year, and that’ a key element. We have top offensive personnel that can change games.”
As long as injuries and suspensions don’t take a toll on United’s squad, Pardew believes he has the necessary competition within his squad to drive Newcastle on this season.
He feels the likes of Dummett and Ameobi are applying “pressure” to those in his league starting XI.
“That’s how it should be - it’s a nice situation to be in,” he said.
“We didn’t do well defensively against Hull, but it was better against Leeds.
“We’ll want that again at Everton. There’s now pressure when it comes to first-team places if we don’t.”
Jonas Gutierrez - who has recovered from the hamstring injury he suffered against Manchester City last month - could be available for Saturday’s game against Cardiff City.
And Ameobi Snr and Haidara are also close to returns along with Steven Taylor.
“Only Shola Ameobi and Massadio Haidara are missing,” said Pardew.
“Jonas is fit now, but needs another week of training, so he won’t travel. We’ll give him another week to protect him.”