SAM Allardyce has made just one change from the team which started at Blackburn with Steven Taylor making the team and replacing the injured Abdoulaye Faye, who has a calf injury. It’s good that Steven’s back in the team, as we’ll need his guts and strength tonight.
Surprisingly, Mark Viduka has to settle for a place on the bench again with Big Sam opting for a front three of Alan Smith, Oba Martins and James Milner. David Edgar again returns to the bench at the expense of the injured again Stephen Carr (hamstring).
Arsenal are without Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie (both hamstring), and Alexander Hleb (Achilles) is also out.
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Charles N’Zogbia, Steven Taylor, David Rozehnal, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton, Geremi (c), James Milner, Oba Martins, Alan Smith
Subs: Steve Harper, Jose Enrique, David Edgar, Emre, Mark Viduka
Arsenal: Manuel Almunia, Bacary Sagna, Kolo Toure, Tomas Rosicky, Lassana Diarra, Eduardo Da Silva, William Gallas (c), Gilberto Silva, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor, Emmanuel Eboue
Subs: Jens Lehmann, Denilson, Alexandre Song, Nicklas Bendtner, Theo Walcott
Referee: Mike Dean