Reading welcome Newcastle to the Madjeski Stadium on Saturday, in desperate search of Premier League points.
Brain McDermott’s men recorded their first domestic win of the new campaign in midweek, beating QPR 3-2 in the Capital One cup on Wednesday evening.
Newcastle suffered defeat at Old Trafford in the same competition, but have made a decent start to their league campaign, and picked up an important three points at home to Norwich last time out.
Reading striker Jason Roberts has a chance of playing for the first time this season. Roberts faces a fitness test after recovering from a calf injury. Mali winger Jimmy Kebe played against QPR in midweek and his hamstring problem will be assessed before the match.
Newcastle will assess the fitness of Danny Simpson and Tim Krul before the match, with the pair attempting to return from hamstring and elbow injuries respectively.
“Danny will train Thursday or Friday all being well. Tim is looking for the all clear on Wednesday to start back,” Pardew told the Evening Chronicle.
This will be Alan Pardew’s first game in charge since the announcement he has signed a new 8-year-deal with the club.
Prediction: Reading 1-2 Newcastle