Reading boss Brian McDermott is looking forward to his trip to St James' Park.
The game will be McDermott's first visit to St James' Park during a career that spans 36 years.
"I have never been there - not as a manager, a player or scout, so I am looking forward to it," the 51-year-old said.
"I think we can go anywhere and put on a performance. If we put on the kind of performance we have to, we can get a result and that is what we need."