The ex-Magpies defender wonders whether his former side Newcastle United are "doomed".
Victory would be huge for United, which would be Rafael Benitez's first since replacing Steve McClaren as manager three weeks ago.
It promises to be a "huge day" for the top-flight strugglers, and Howey has asked the question which both sets of supporters must be asking.
Huge day for both teams tmw, will one of them pull it out of the bag or are we both doomed??— Steve Howey (@stevehowey624) April 1, 2016
Early days for Benitez, of course, but there has been signs of improvement since he replaced McClaren.
For a start, the Magpies, who conceded 12 in their last seven games under the ex-England boss, are no longer shipping goals, with Newcastle giving away two goals since the Spaniard arrived.
His first game was a narrow 1-0 defeat away to league leaders Leicester City, before they drew 1-1 at home to fellow relegation rivals Sunderland, with Aleksandar Mitrovic netting a late equaliser.