Newcastle have won their last seven league games against Cardiff; a run that goes back to 1981.
Both meetings between these sides this season (one league, one FA Cup) have ended 2-1 to the away side.
If the Premier League season had started on December 27, Newcastle would be bottom of the table.
Cardiff have conceded 24 goals in the final 15 minutes this season; more than any other PL side.
City stopper Steven Caulker is one of only two outfield players to play every minute of every game this season (along with Palace’s Mile Jedinak).
Newcastle have drawn only four games this season, their lowest top-flight total since recording two in the 1904-05 season.
Newcastle were in eighth place on December 29 after losing to Arsenal. Since then they have lost 12 of their 17 league games but have only fallen one place in the table.
When this game kicks-off it will be 493 days since an English player scored for Newcastle in the Premier League (James Perch on Boxing Day 2012).
Three of the last five Englishmen to score for Newcastle in the Premier League have been playing for the opposition.
Cheick Tiote has been booked in three of his last four Premier League appearances.