Chris Hughton makes three changes to the side which won at Sheffield United on Monday night.
As expected Steven Taylor returns for Tamas Kadar, Danny Guthrie comes in to give some creativity in midfield in place of Nicky Butt, and Marlon Harewood will get his big chance in front of the Newcastle fans this afternoon.
It looks like we are playing 4-4-2 with both Andy Carroll and Marlon Harewood up front – and that’s good.
Taylor is back from a three-week hamstring injury, and Ryan Taylor, surprisingly gives way to give Danny Guthrie a chance.
Of course this team selection will be based on how the lads have looked in training, and it looks a creative side ready to score some goals – and that’s good.
The subs bench is particularly strong – Tim Krul, Nicky Butt, Ryan Taylor, Geremi, Nile Ranger, Tamas Kadar and Peter Lovenkrands – so Chris can change the game if he needs to in the second half.
We would like to see Peter Lovenkrands coming through more than he’s shown so far this season, but Ranger, Lovenkrands and Taylor (R) are 3 players who can score goals.
Alan Smith wears the captain’s armband again because Butt is on the bench.
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith (c), Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Marlon Harewood, Andy Carroll
Subs: Tim Krul, Nicky Butt, Ryan Taylor, Geremi, Nile Ranger, Tamas Kadar, Peter Lovenkrands
Peterborough: Joe Lewis, Charlie Lee, Tommy Rowe, Craig Morgan, Ryan Bennett, Chris Whelpdale, Dean Keates, Toumani Diagouraga, Danny Rose, George Boyd, Craig Mackail-Smith
Subs: Ben Amos, Russell Martin, Gabriel Zakuani, Lee Frecklington, Paul Coutts, Aaron McLean, Shaun Batt
Referee: Andy D’Urso