There’s bit of a surprise in Newcastle’s team selection as captain Michael Owen, after 10 days back in training, returns to the side, and Nicky Butt also returns for this afternoon’s relegation six-pointer at the KC Stadium against Hull City.
Ryan Taylor and Peter Lovenkrands are the two men who have to make way with Owen and Oba Martins paired up front in attack for only the fifth time in the league this season.
Since they are Newcastle’s top scorers there’s some goals in the team, but we have to hope that Michael isn’t too rusty after being out of the side sincew late January.
The defense of Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccin and Sebastien Bassong remains the same, as expected, and Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez and Geremi keep their place in midfield.
All three had excellent games last time out and deserve to keep their places. And Damien Duff is surprisingly included on the subs bench – which looks very strong indeed.
Hull City: Matt Duke, Sam Ricketts, Michael Turner, Kamil Zayate, Bernard Mendy, Anthony Gardner, Ian Ashbee, Geovanni, Kevin Kilbane, Craig Fagan Daniel Couin
Subs: Boaz Myhill, Andy Dawson, Nick Barmby, Bryan Hughes, Richard Garcia, Peter Halmosi, Manucho
Newcastle: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Sebastien Bassong, Nicky Butt, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor, Oba Martins, Michael Owen (c)
Subs: Fraser Forster, Damien Duff, Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, David Edgar, Andy Carroll
We’ll be back after the game, and hopefully Newcastle will have wrapped up all 3 points.
Howay The Lads!!