KEVIN Keegan makes three changes from the side which beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0 at St.James’ Park on Saturday.
Jose Enrique and Sebastien Bassong both make their season debuts, with Seb making his official debut tonight, and Geremi as expected remains in the team as a starter.
Making way from Saturday are center-back Steven Taylor, who is on the subs bench, and injured strikers Oba Martins (groin) and Damien Duff (knee) are missing, again as expected.
But rather surprisingly perrenial Given under-study and local lad, Steven Harper, is not given a run out in goal.
Charles N’Zogbia moves into midfield with Jonas Gutierrez likely to partner James Milner in the attack.
Michael Owen, the match-winner against Bolton, is surprisingly named among the substitutes as he continues his return to full fitness following a niggling calf problem.
Teenage forwards Ryan Donaldson and Nile Ranger, who signed from Southampton this summer, are also included among the Newcastle subs.
Alan Smith is not names even on the subs bench, so we’re not too sure if he’s injured or on his way out of the club and will not be risked.
We’ll have a profile on Nile Ranger tomorrow, now that the club has formally said they have in fact signed the youngster.
Coventry City: tbc
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Sebastien Bassong, Nicky Butt, Danny Guthrie, Geremi, Charles N’Zogbia, James Milner, Jonas Gutierrez
Subs: Michael Owen, Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, David Edgar, Ryan Donaldson, Nile Ranger
Referee: A Bates