CCC Manager of the month Chris Hughton recalls Argentine center-back Fabricio Coloccini to his back four for this afternoon’s televised clash at the Cardiff City Stadium.
That means Danny Simpson reverts back to his right back spot and Newcastle have their strongest defense out today.
Ryan Taylor moves up into midfield where he is joined by young Danny Guthrie, captain Alan Smith, Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan.
The only slight surprise is that club captain Nicky Butt will start this game on the bench, but there’s no way he should start in front of Alan Smith, given the Leeds-born player’s terrific form this season.
Nile Ranger, who scored for the England Under-19 side during the week, starts up front, as expected, for his 3rd start in a row.
29 year-old Danish International, Peter Lovenkrands, is also named among the Newcastle substitutes for the first time, after thankfully returning to the club on September 1.
This is a big game for the Magpies this afternoon, but if they are going to be promoted this season, it’s a game they have to win.
Howay The Lads!!
Cardiff City: David Marshall, Paul Quinn, Anthony Gerrard, Mark Hudson (c), Tony Capaldi, Peter Whittingham, Gavin Rae, Chris Burke, Joe Ledley, Michael Chopra, Jay Bothroyd
Subs: Peter Enckelman, Gabor Gyepes, Adam Matthews, Mark Kennedy, Kelvin Etuhu, Solomon Taiwo, Steve McPhail
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Joey Barton, Alan Smith (c), Danny Guthrie, Ryan Taylor, Kevin Nolan, Nile Ranger
Subs: Tim Krul, Tamas Kadar, Geremi, Nicky Butt, Kazenga LuaLua, Peter Lovenkrands, Ryan Donaldson
Referee: Andrew Hall