Joe Kinnear makes just one change to the side which beat West Brom 2-1 last Tuesday night, with Nicky Butt returning as captain of the side.
As we expected that means Danny Guthrie will be on the bench where he will be in the company of club captain Michael Owen, who is back after a groin injury picked up in training.
But Jose Enrique keeps his place in the back four, and keeps Bassong on the bench.
Newcastle’s brilliant Irish goalkeeper, Shay Given, makes his 450th appearance for the club.
The Newcastle bench is Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, Danny Guthrie, Michael Owen, Sebastien Bassong, Charles N’Zogbia and Geremi, which is easily our strongest of the season.
For Aston Villa, as expected, that little gem of a player, James Milner starts.
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Nicky Butt (c), Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez, Damien Duff, Oba Martins, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, Danny Guthrie, Michael Owen, Sebastien Bassong, Charles N’Zogbia, Geremi
Aston Villa: Brad Friedel, Luke Young, Carlos Cuellar, Martin Laursen, Nicky Shorey, Nigel Reo-Coker, Gareth Barry, John Carew, Gabriel Agbonlahor, James Milner, Ashley Young
Subs: Steve Sidwell, Marlon Harewood, Curtis Davies, Zat Knight, Moustapha Salifou, Bradley Guzan, Craig Gardner
Referee: Steve Bennett