Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is forced to leave out Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands this afternoon at Bristol City, as he has not recovered from the knock he picked up on Wednesday night against Scunthorpe United.
But Hughton brings in another striker, Leon Best, to replace Lovenkrands, so we have to assume Chris will again play in an attacking 4-4-2 formation.
Best will partner the in-form Andy Carroll in attack.
We had thought Nicky Butt might be drafted into midfield, but it’s a good sign that manager Hughton wants the Newcastle side to attack Bristol City this afternoon.
We’re all for that, and certainly the Tyneside side is in top form right now and full of confidence.
The Newcastle side is otherwise unchanged from the side that tore Scunthorpe United apart last time out.
Howay The Lads!!
Bristol City Dean Gerken, Bradley Orr, Jamie McAllister, Louis Carey (c), Marvin Elliott, Nicky Maynard, Paul Hartley, Cole Skuse, Christian Ribeiro, Danny Haynes, Lewin Nyatanga
Subs: Lee Johnson, David Clarkson, John Akinde, Ivan Sproule, Evander Sno, Stephen Henderson, Stefan Maierhofer
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Fitz Hall, Jose Enrique, Wayne Routledge, Danny Guthrie, Kevin Nolan (c), Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best, Andy Carroll
Subs: Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Nicky Butt, Nile Ranger, Tamas Kadar, Fabrice Pancrate, Ryan Donaldson
Referee: Andy D’Urso