Kevin Keegan is forced to make one change to the team which beat Sunderland last weekend as 20 year-old David Edgar makes his second start of the season for the injured Abdoulaye Faye.
Nicky Butt makes his 100th start for the Magpies where he is joined again by Joey Barton and Geremi.
This will be another good test for young David, but he deputized very well for Steven Taylor in the 3-0 win against Reading. Senegal captain Lamine Diatta comes in to replace Edgar on the substitutes’ bench.
There’s no room on the bench for either James Milner or Emre.
For West Ham Scott Parker starts, but Nobby Solano is only on the subs bench.
West Ham: Robert Green, John Pantsil, George McCartney, Lucas Neill (c), James Tomkins, Julien Faubert, Mark Noble, Scott Parker, Bobby Zamora, Dean Ashton
Subs: Nobby Solano, James Walker, Carlton Cole, Hayden Mullins, Luis Boa Morte
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, David Edgar, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Geremi, Joey Barton, Oba Martins, Michael Owen (c), Mark Viduka
Subs: Fraser Forster, Damien Duff, Lamine Diatta, Alan Smith, Andy Carroll