Newcastle United, as expected are unchanged for today’s Tyne-Wear derby.
Kevin Keegan will again go with the three-pronged attack of Michael Owen, Oba Martins and Mark Viduka in a 4-3-3 formation.
Roy Keane has not chosen former Newcastle player Michael Chopra, who takes a place on the subs bench.
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Abdoulaye Faye, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton, Geremi, Michael Owen (c), Oba Martins, Mark Viduka
Subs: Fraser Forster, David Edgar, Alan Smith, Damien Duff, Andy Carroll
Sunderland: Craig Gordon, Nyron Nosworthy, Paul McShane, Carlos Edwards, Dean Whitehead (c), Daryl Murphy, Liam Miller, Danny Higginbotham, Danny Collins, Kenwyne Jones, Andy Reid
Subs: Ian Harte, Kieran Richardson, Michael Chopra, Grant Leadbitter, Marton Fulop
Referee: Mike Dean