Loan signing Danny Simpson will make his Newcastle United debut tonight, as replacement for the injured Joey Barton (foot), who failed a fitness test this afternoon.
The 22-year-old will start in the right-back berth with birthday boy Ryan Taylor, who turns 25 today, pushing up into the right-hand midfield slot. Maybe Ryan can get himself a birthday goal tonight.
Newcastle continue with a strong defense made up by Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini and they will be hoping for another good game at the back, and hopefully another clean sheet.
Saturday’s hat-trick hero Shola Ameobi is again paired with fellow Geordie boy Andy Carroll up front, while captain Alan Smith, Kevin Nolan and Jonas Gutierrez join Ryan Taylor in the middle of the park.
Danny Guthrie returns to the bench for his first appearance of the season, after recovering from his hamstring injury.
Sheff Wednesday are unchanged from the side which drew 1-1 at Peterborough United on Saturday, and former Newcastle target Francis Jeffers is on the bench.
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Jose Enrique, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez, Alan Smith (c), Kevin Nolan, Shola Ameobi, Andy Carroll
Subs: Tim Krul, Geremi, Xisco, Danny Guthrie, Nile Ranger, Kazenga LuaLua, Tamas Kadar
Sheffield Wednesday: Lee Grant, Lewis Buxton, Tommy Spurr, Darren Purse, Richard Wood, Sean McAllister, Darren Potter, Michael Gray, James O’Connor, Marcus Tudgay, Jermaine Johnson
Subs: Richard Hinds, Tommy Miller, Francis Jeffers, Etienne Esajas, Mark Beevers, Frank Simek, Richard O’Donnell
Referee: Phil Dowd