There’s a real surprise with the team selection today as Chris Hughton has had to replace the injured Wayne Routledge, and he has brought in Alan Smith.
Wayne has a calf injury.
But that seems a defensive move, and why wasn’t Frenchman Fabrice Pancrate given a chance out on the right wing?
We really hope that Danny Guthrie isn’t played out there with Nolan and Smith in midfield – that would be a bad move – but we think that’s what will happen.
Danny is not a winger.
Andy Carroll again starts up front and let’s hope he can add to his 6 goals in the last 7 games.
Young Nile Ranger is on the bench and we hope he gets a run-out in the second half – and scores!
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Patrick van Aanholt, Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith (c), Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Peter Lovenkrands, Andy Carroll
Subs: Tim Krul, Fitz Hall, Tamas Kadar, Nile Ranger, Leon Best, Ryan Taylor, Fabrice Pancrate
Preston: Andy Lonegran, Youl Mawene, Chris Sedgwick, Sean St.Ledger (c), Paul Coutts, Danny Welbeck, Billy Jones, Tom Williams, Matt James, Ross Wallace, Jon Parkin
Subs: Michael Hart, Darren Carter, Liam Chilvers, Keith Treacy, Wayne Henderson, Stephen Elliott, Neil Mellor
Referee: Andy Penn