As expected Chris Hughton will play a 4-4-2 formation for the first game of the season at West Brom tonight with Geordie lads Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi lining up in attack. Joey Barton is left out of the starting eleven and is now a substitute, after news that he walked out on the squad last night.
Kevin Nolan will revert back into his central midfield where is joined by captain for the day Alan Smith, with Joey left out.
As expected Damien Duff and Jonas Gutierrez will be working the wings and a back four of Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini and Jose Enrique looks fairly strong with Harper of in goal.
The bench consists of Tim Krul, Tamas Kadar, Geremi, Kazenga LuaLua, Joey Barton, Xisco and Nile Ranger.
Howay The Lads!!
WBA: Scott Carson, Gianni Zuiverloon, Jonas Olsson, Shelton Martis, Marek Cech, Youssouf Mulumbu, Jonathan Greening, Chris Brunt, Robert Koren, Chris Wood, Luke Moore
Subs: Dean Kiely, Filipe Teixeira, Reuben Reid, Simon Cox, Leon Barnett, Graham Dorrans, tbc
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Ryan Taylor, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Alan Smith (c), Jonas Gutierrez, Damien Duff, Kevin Nolan, Shola Ameobi, Andy Carroll
Subs: Tim Krul, Tamas Kadar, Geremi, Kazenga LuaLua, Joey Barton, Xisco, Nile Ranger