KEVIN Keegan makes the expected one change to the team that drew at West Ham last weekend with Abdoulaye Faye returning from injury to replace David Edgar.
The Senegal star will partner Steven Taylor in the heart of the United defense with Habib Beye and Jose Enrique completing the back four.
Steve Harper makes his 100th start in goal for Newcastle and Nicky Butt starts despite being one booking away from a three-game ban.
Charles N’Zogbia and Claudio Cacapa also make the bench for the first time in a while.
Chelsea’s Frank Lampard will surprisingly start on the bench, with Frenchman Malouda and John Mikel Obi both starting the game.
Anelka also get a start for the Blues whose bench is packed full of top players.
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: Claudio Cacapa, Damien Duff, Charles N’Zogbia, Alan Smith, Fraser Forster
Chelsea: Petr Cech, Michael Essien, Ricardo Carvalho, Didier Drogba, John Mikel Obi, Michael Ballack, Florent Malouda, Wayne Bridge, Paulo Ferreira, John Terry, Nicolas Anelka
Subs: Andriy Shevchenko, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Carlo Cudicini, Alex
Referee: Steve Bennett
Howay the Lads!