Newcastle: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Steven Taylor, David Rozehnal, Charles N’Zogbia, James Milner, Alan Smith, Geremi, Nicky Butt, Mark Viduka, Oba Martins
Subs: Steve Harper, Jose Enrique, Emre, Abdoulaye Faye, Matty Pattison
Manchester City: Joe Hart, Vedran Corluka, Javier Garrido, Richard Dunne, Micah Richards, Stephen Ireland, Michael Johnson, Martin Petrov, Dietmar Hamann, Elano, Emile Mpenza
Referee: Chris Foy
Big Big surprise in the Newcastle line up as Shay Given keeps his place and Steve Harper is on the sidelines. This is a bit strange because before the Arsenal game Allardyce said that Harper would return on Saturday. Where is Sinead 😀
Mark Viduka is passed fit having missed the midweek Carling Cup defeat at Arsenal with a sore foot and he starts alongside Oba Martins in attack. Another slight surprise is that Charles N’Zogbia will return to the left-back position and will be joined in defence by Habib Beye, Steven Taylor and David Rozehnal.
Skipper Geremi is back in midfield and is joined by Nicky Butt, James Milner and Alan Smith. Enrique, Harper, Faye and Emre are on the bench – as is Matty Pattison – so this could be another chance for the South African youngster.
For Man City the only change is Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel who drops down to the bench with Joe Hart coming in. Joe is the current England Under-21 goalkeeper and has looked good and is another player Steven Taylor knows well in the City side.
We’ll be back at half time – and then full time with our full report on the match and interviews. A draw would be OK but we really need a win – and that will not be easy.Howay the Lads.