Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce makes just one change form the side that beat Wigan 1-0 last time out, with Shola Ameobi replacing Mark Viduka, who still has a hamstring problem.
Big Sam keeps faith with Steve Harper in goal, while Steven Taylor also keeps his place at right -back. Both new signings Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye are named as substitutes and youngsters James Milner and Charles N’Zogbia will be making their 50th Premiership start for the club.
Michael Owen is in the starting eleven with Oba Martins again on the bench.
For Derby, Newcastle fan Steve Howard starts in attack against his former Hartlepool team-mate Steve Harper in the Newcastle goal.
Derby County: Stephen Bywater, Tyrone Mears, Dean Leacock, Claude Davis, Andy Griffin, Gary Teale, Stephen Pearson, Eddie Lewis, Kenny Miller, Steve Howard, Matt Oakley
Subs: Jay McEveley, David Jones, Robert Earnshaw, Andy Todd, Benny Feilhaber
Newcastle: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Cacapa, David Rozehnal, Charles N’Zogbia, Alan Smith, Nicky Butt, Geremi, James MIlner, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen
Subs: Habib Beye, Abdoulaye Faye, Oba Martins, Matty Pattison, Shay Given
Referee: Peter Walton
We’ll have a report at half time – and a full report of the game at the final whistle.