The referee Darren Deadman, has inspected the sodden pitch at QPR twice already today, but the goods news is that he has declared the pitch fit for the game to go ahead this afternoon.
And Chris Hughton has made lots of changes to his side for the last Championship league game of the season.
Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Alan Smith, Joey Barton, Shola Ameobi and Leon Best are all in the starting line-up.
Ryan Taylor comes in for Jose Enrique at left-back, while Alan Smith and the in-form Joey Barton replace Kevin Nolan and Jonas Gutierrez in the Newcastle midfield.
Best and Ameobi replace Peter Lovenkrands and 19-goal top marksman Andy Carroll up front with Newcastle presumably playing an attacking 4-4-2 formation.
It would be good if Leon Best can get his first goal for the Tyneside club – and get that weight off his back.
17 year-old Haris Vuckic is included in a subs line-up which is very strong indeed – Steve Harper, Kevin Nolan, Peter Lovenkrands, Fabrice Pancrate, Andy Carroll, Ryan Donaldson and Haris Vuckic.
Former Newcastle player and local lad, Peter Ramage, is at center-back for the London side and Elvis is on the bench.
QPR: Radek Cerny, Akos Buzsaky, Kaspars Gorkss, Jay Simpson, Mikele Leigertwood, Peter Ramage, Dusko Tosic, Alejandro Faurlin, Hogan Ephraim, Lee Cook, Tamas Priskin
Subs: Josh Parker, Antonio German, Elvijs Putnins, Joe Oastler, Angelo Balanta, Lee Brown, Romone Rose
Newcastle United: Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Danny Simpson, Wayne Routledge, Alan Smith (c), Danny Guthrie, Joey Barton, Shola Ameobi, Leon Best
Subs: : Steve Harper, Kevin Nolan, Peter Lovenkrands, Fabrice Pancrate, Andy Carroll, Ryan Donaldson, Haris Vuckic
Referee: Darren Deadman