Damien Duff returns to the Newcastle United bench today after more than eight months out with a dislocated foot.
Sam Allardyce makes just one change from the side that started at Fulham last weekend. Mark Viduka comes in for his first start since last month’s home defeat against Liverpool. with captain Geremi making way. Steven Taylor returns from his hamstring injury and is on the bench.
It will be a proud day for Alan Smith, who will be captain today for the second time, having also taken the armband during the Carling Cup tie at Arsenal in September.
Shay Given, Habib Beye, Charles N’Zogbia, David Rozehnal, Claudio Cacapa, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton, Alan Smith (c), Oba Martins, Mark Viduka, James Milner
Subs: Steve Harper, Emre, Damien Duff, Geremi, Steven Taylor
Stephen Bywater, Jay McEveley, Dean Leacock, Kenny Miller, Gary Teale, Steve Howard, Claude Davis, Darren Moore (c), Tyrone Mears, Stephen Pearson, Giles Barnes
Subs: Lewis Price, Eddie Lewis, Benny Feilhaber, Rob Earnshaw, Craig Fagan