Joe Kinnear has rewarded Damien Duff with a starting place against Wigan today, after his great 90th minute goal against Tottenham last Sunday.
And as expected N’Zogbia and Gutierrez will still play on the wings with Duff likely to start up front with captain Michael Owen.
Otherwise the team is unchanged from last weekend, and we expect Mark Viduka at some time to come into the fray.
Xisco is also included on the bench and Joe has 3 center forwards in Viduka, Carroll and Xisco all ready to come on in attack, depending on how the game goes.
But it looks like Newcastle will be going all out for the win today, and if the lads can get all 3 points, St. James’ Park will be rocking on Sunday when we host Liverpool.
Newcastle are also chasing a fourth consecutive clean sheet away from home, and 3 points could see Newcastle move into the top half of the table and maybe even as high as 8th position.
Howay The Lads!!
Wigan: Chris Kirkland, Mario Melchiot, Paul Scharner, Titus Bramble, Maynor Figueroa, Antonio Valencia, Lee Cattermole, Wilson Palacios, Ryan Taylor, Emile Heskey, Amr Zaki
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Guthrie, Nicky Butt, Jonas Gutierrez, Charles N’Zogbia, Damien Duff, Michael Owen
Subs: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Geremi, Mark Viduka, David Edgar, Andy Carroll, Xisco
Referee: Mike Dean