Gateshead-born striker Andy Carroll makes his first start at St.James’ Park, as expected, and and will partner captain Michael Owen in attack.
Geremi replaces the suspended Nicky Butt in the center of midfield, as expected and Jonas Gutierrez retains his place on the left wing, even after Charles N’Zogbia passed a fitness test on Friday, after suffering from a dead leg during last Saturday’s draw at Hull City.
Youngsters Tamas Kadar, Ryan Donaldson, Xisco, Edgar, N’Zogbia and Kazenga LuaLua are all on the bench for Newcastle, along with goalkeeper Steve Harper.
For West Ham, former Newcastle players Scott Parker and Craig Bellamy start, but there is no place even on the bench, for Kieron Dyer, who returned from a broken leg last week and played for 30 minutes
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Sebastien Bassong, Fabricio Coloccini, Danny Guthrie, Geremi, Damien Duff, Jonas Gutierrez, Michael Owen (c), Andy Carroll
Subs: Steve Harper, Charles N’Zogbia, David Edgar, Tamas Kadar, Ryan Donaldson, Xisco, Kazenga LuaLua
West Ham: Robert Green, Lucas Neill (c), Herita Ilunga, Scott Parker, Craig Bellamy, Carlton Cole, Matthew Upson, Mark Noble, James Collins, Valon Behrami, Jack Collison
Subs: Luis Boa Morte, Hayden Mullins, Julien Faubert, Diego Tristan, James Tomkins, David Di Michele, Marek Stech
Referee: Alan Wiley