New loan signing, defender Zurab Khizanishvili from Blackburn, comes in for his full debut and will operate in the right-back position in the absence of Danny Simpson, who filed a late fitness test today.
As expected felow loan signing Marlon Harewood is named among the subsititutes for the first time following his move from Aston Villa on Friday.
Geremi is sick and misses the game, and Ryan Taylor starts on the right-hand side of midfield with captain Nicky Butt, Alan Smith and Kevin Nolan completing the midfield engine-room.
Nile Ranger and Andy Carroll are paired together in attack for the first time from the start of a game, and that shows Chris will go and attack Ipswich whose defense is dodgy at best.
WBA were surprisingly beaten at home 1-0, by Crystal Palace toay (Middlesbrough drew with Coventry 2-2 away), so Newcastle will go top of the table tonight with a win.
Howay The Lads!!
Ipswich Town: Richard Wright, Liam Rosenior, Alex Bruce, Pim Balkestein, Damien Delaney, Carlos Edwards, Grant Leadbitter, Liam Trotter, Jack Colback, Tamas Priskin, Jon Walters
Subs: Arran Lee-Barrett, Lee Martin, Jaime Peters, Alan Quinn, Tommy Smith, Jon Stead, Pablo Counago
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Zurab Khizanishvili, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Ryan Taylor, Nicky Butt (c), Alan Smith, Kevin Nolan, Nile Ranger, Andy Carroll
Subs: Tim Krul, Peter Lovenkrands, Ryan Donaldson, Wesley Ngo Baheng, Marlon Harewood, Ben Tozer, Haris Vuckic
Referee: Mike Jones