Manager of the Month Chris Hughton has chosen to change the front two by starting Marlon Harewood, as expected, but paired with Peter Lovenkrands, with Nile Ranger and Andy Carroll both dropping down to the bench.
Jose Enrique is out with a hamstring pull and Ryan Taylor (fit again?), comes in at left back.
Marlon took just eight minutes to score his first goal for the club following his second-half introduction in Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with QPR at St.James’ Park, and looks to be in form.
We have to think that Chris thinks there are goals in these two players, and Peter Lovenkrands must be looking sharp in training.
Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez also returns to the starting line-up with Nicky Butt making way. The defense is unchanged and the midfield is Guthrie, Smith, Nolan and Jonas.
We can win this game to put a good spin on what has been an awful week for the club.
With Enrique injured, we hope that will spur the club to get in another specialist left back in to compete with Jose.
The game between Preston and WBA ended in a 0-0 draw earlier today, and that’s a good result for Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Zurab Khizanishvili, Ryan Taylor, Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith (c), Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Peter Lovenkrands, Marlon Harewood
Subs: Tim Krul, Andy Carroll, Nile Ranger, Tamas Kadar, Geremi, Nicky Butt, Ryan Donaldson
Bristol City: Adrian Basso, Bradley Orr, Jamie McAllister, Louis Carey (c), Marvin Elliott, Lee Johnson, Nicky Maynard, Cole Skuse, Evander Sno, Lewin Nyatanga, Alvaro Saborio
Subs: David Clarkson, Paul Hartley, Gavin Williams, Ivan Sproule, Jamie McCombie, Dean Gerken, Danny Haynes
Referee: Graham Salisbury