22 year-old new boy Xisco is given his debut this afternoon, by caretaker manager Chris Hughton, for the visit of Hull City to St. James’ Park this afternoon.
Newcastle will start in an attacking formation with 3 up front, and Shola Ameobi joins Michael Owen up front, after a poor game at Arsenal.
Geremi as expected, returns from injury and takes his place in right midfield alongside Nicky Butt and Danny Guthrie.
But Charles N’Zogbia surprisingly reverts to left-back, instead of Seb Bassong, with David Edgar also coming in for the injured Habib Beye at right back. Habib is still troubled with an Achilles injury.
Uruguayan one season loan signing Nacho Gonzalez is named among the substitutes.
Newcastle United: Shay Given, David Edgar, Charles N’Zogbia, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Danny Guthrie, Nicky Butt, Geremi, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen (c), Xisco
Subs: Claudio Cacapa, Steve Harper, Sebastien Bassong, Nacho Gonzalez, Frank Wiafe Danquah, Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson
Hull City: Boaz Myhill, Andy Dawson, Ian Ashbee (c), Michael Turner, Craig Fagan, Bernard Mendy, Peter Halmosi, Paul McShane, Dean Marney, Marlon King, Anthony Gardner
Subs: Dean Windass, Geovanni, Matthew Duke, Bryan Hughes, Sam Ricketts, Caleb Folan, Kamil Zayatte
Referee: Andre Marriner