As expected Oba Martins misses out for Newcastle, because of the groin injury he picked up last week, during last Sunday’s 3-0 win at Portsmouth.
And Joe has decided to bring in local lad Shola Ameobi, who is just one goal short of 50 for the Magpies, as the replacement for Oba.
Otherwise the side in unchanged from last week, and Steve Harper, Damien Duff, Geremi, Steven Taylor, David Edgar, Mark Viduka and Andy Carroll make up another strong subs bench.
Former starters Damien Duff and Steven Taylor again have to settle for a place on the bench, and for Spurs, former Newcastle players Jonathan Woodgate (back) and Jermaine Jenas (calf) are both absent this afternoon.
However, Luka Modric, a target of Newcastle United last May is fit enough to play, and takes his place in Spurs’ midfield, with Russian Roman Pavlyuchenko leading the line for the Londoners.
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Guthrie, Nicky Butt, Jonas Gutierrez, Charles N’Zogbia, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen (c)
Subs: Steve Harper, Damien Duff, Geremi, Steven Taylor, David Edgar, Mark Viduka, Andy Carroll
Tottenham: Gomes, Didier Zokora, David Bentley, Tom Huddlestone, Aaron Lennon, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Luka Modric, Michael Dawson, Verdan Corluka, Ledley King (c), Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Subs: Gareth Bale, Chris Gunter, Fraizer Campbell, Adel Taarabt, Cesar Sanchez, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Jamie O’Hara
Referee: Andre Marriner