Oba Martins will start tonight as expected and interim manager Joe Kinnear makes a total of three changes from the side which drew at Everton more than two weeks ago.
Shola Ameobi and Sebastien Bassong come in for Charles N’Zogbia and Jose Enrique who both drop down to the subs bench.
Charles has been one of our best performers so his dropping to the bench has to be the surprise of the night. Andy Carroll also returns to the Newcastle substitutes, after finally recovering from a foot injury he picked up in July.
Joe has gone for Geremi on the right wing and Duff on the left with Ameobi and Martins up front. This game has come a little early for Jonas Gutierrez and he is not even on the subs bench tonight.
It’s yet another chance for Shola to show what he can do in a black and white strip, and we hope he can produce tonight, now that he’s starting.
Dietmar Hamman will start against his former club and Robinho also starts alongside fellow Brazilian Jo.
As expected Nicky Butt will captain the side tonight, in a game we really need to win and take all 3 points.
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt (c), Danny Guthrie, Geremi, Damien Duff, Oba Martins, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, David Edgar, Jose Enrique, Charles N’Zogbia, Xisco, Andy Carroll
Manchester City: Joe Hart, Micah Richards, Javier Garrido, Richard Dunne (c), Tal Ben Haim, Vincent Kompany, Stephen Ireland, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Robinho, Dietmar Hamman, Jo
Subs: Nedum Onuoha, Elano, Kasper Schmeichel, Gelson Fernandes, Ched Evans, Daniel Sturridge, Galuber Berti
Referee: Rob Styles