Newcastle United face league leaders Manchester United on Boxing Day for the first time since 1987.
Sir Alex Ferguson's side saw their lead at the summit cut to four points over the pre-Christmas weekend, with a 1-1 draw away at Swansea allowing the chasing pack to close in.
The Red Devils are, however, unbeaten in six and have taken maximum points from five of their fixtures.
Just three points have been dropped at Old Trafford so far, and Ferguson's side remain the top scoring side in the division - with the target found 44 times in 18 games.
Keeping an enviable array of attacking talent quiet is the task facing Newcastle on Wednesday, as they look to kick-start their campaign heading into the New Year.
The Magpies are still searching for consistency at the halfway stage, with just five points separating them from the drop zone.
Alan Pardew will be keen to keep his side looking upwards, though, and a morale-boosting showing at Old Trafford could be just the catalyst they need to get up and running.
Sir Alex Ferguson is certain to make changes to his Manchester United starting XI.
Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez, Chris Smalling and Darren Fletcher will be amongst those hoping to be involved, having been benched or overlooked against Swansea.
Rafael needs to shrug off the hamstring injury that kept him out of the Liberty Stadium encounter, but he could come back into contention for a full-back berth.
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