Joe Kinnear, as expected, makes one enforced change to the side which got the fantastic result at Chelsea last Saturday, and Charles N’Zogbia comes in for the injured Damien Duff, to give Charles a start for the first time since Newcastle played in Joe’s first game in charge at Everton on 5th October.
As expected Mark Viduka returns to the bench after his six-month Achilles injury, and Steven Taylor is also named on the substitutes bench, following his groin strain, which had him miss three games.
Michael Owen captains the side in what is his 400th club game of his career, and he’s scored 191 goals in that time, with 26 goals for Newcastle United, since September, 2005.
Middlesbrough: Ross Turnbull, Justin Hoyte, Andrew Taylor, David Wheater, Emanuel Pogatetz, Jeremie Aliadiere, Julio Arca, Didier Digard, Stewart Downing, Tuncay Sunli, Alfonso Alves
Subs: Adam Johnson, Marvin Emnes, Mido, Jonathan Grounds, Seb Hines, Josh Walker, Brad Jones
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Nicky Butt, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez, Charles N’Zogbia, Oba Martins, Michael Owen (c)
Subs: Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, Steven Taylor, Mark Viduka, David Edgar, Andy Carroll, Geremi
Referee: Alan Wiley