The Magpies host the European Champions

Newcastle United's top scorer returns to St James' Park this weekend - in the blue of Chelsea.

Demba Ba, who scored 13 Premier League goals for Magpies this season, will be back with his new club less than a month after leaving Tyneside. Since his departure, Newcastle have brought in six new players. Some of them will make their home debuts tomorrow.

The visitors are the current European Champions, but results of late have been far from convincing. Rafa Benitez's side have draw their last three games in all competitions. However, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says he still expects a tough match. He said:

"Knowing Chelsea, and John Terry and people like that, they'll come out fighting. So it probably makes it slightly more difficult for us.

"But on paper the two teams are very similar. So I'm hoping that we can stay in the game and they get edgy towards the end, and hopefully see a victory out."

– Alan Pardew, Newcastle United FC Manager

Newcastle have almost a fully fit squad for this game. Apart from any long-term absentees, only winger Hatem Ben Arfa (Hamstring) is injured. Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote is still away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.