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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew admits his side's unbeaten Premier League record will come under threat when they welcome Everton to St James' Park on Saturday lunchtime.

The Magpies have gone 10 top flight games without defeat this term and Monday's win over Stoke helped them up to third in the table.

Everton currently occupy the opposite end of the form table but Pardew will not underestimate the challenge posed by David Moyes' charges.

He said: "We are coming up against a very good established Premier League side in Everton, with a great manager and good players, and you have to respect every team in this division and that is what we will do for the next game,

"We are playing with confidence and have got a decent side. How good it is, we don't know but we are just going from game to game at the moment.

"Expectation levels are not rising or going through the roof. Everybody has their feet on the ground and we are just hoping to keep it going."

Newcastle have been able to select one of the most settled sides in the league this term but will be without winger Gabriel Obertan on Saturday.

The former Manchester United man has a toe injury and Pardew believes they will miss him against the Blues

"Obertan's pace is a real asset to us because you can put teams on the backfoot," explained Pardew.

"Unfortunately he has picked up an infection and I think he will miss Saturday, he might even miss the next two games."

Obertan's absence could see former Blue Dan Gosling or Hatem Ben Arfa come into the side.

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