Alan Shearer, as expected, has recalled Newcastle captain Michael Owen for his first game in charge of managing Newcastle United.
But bad news on the injury front as both Steven Taylor (ankle) and Sebastien Bassong (groin) are not fit enough to play, which is a big blow for the team.
But this will give Habib Beye his first start since he was injured on Boxing Day at Wigan, and Ryan Taylor is brought in at right back for his name-sake Steven Taylor with Beye likely to partner Coloccini in central defense.
Kevin Nolan and Nicky Butt, again as expected. start in central midfield, and they will be flanked by Peter Lovenkrands and Jonas Gutierrez. Oba Martins partners Owen in attack.
We need 3 points from this game today, and we’ll be back after the game.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Ryan Taylor, Jose Enrique, Habib Beye, Fabricio Coloccini, Nicky Butt, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Peter Lovenkrands, Michael Owen (c), Oba Martins
Subs: Fraser Forster, Danny Guthrie, Damien Duff, Alan Smith, Geremi, David Edgar, Andy Carroll
Chelsea: Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, Michael Essien, Frank Lampard, John Mikel Obi, Florent Malouda, Salomon Kalou, John Terry (c), Alex, Nicolas Anelka
Subs: Henrique Hilario, Ricardo Carvalho, Franco Di Santo, Michael Ballack, Deco, Juliano Belletti, Michael Mancienne