As expected Newcastle field the same side who started against Manchester United on Monday night.
Former Liverpool player Danny Guthrie has just lost his fitness battle and is not included in the squad. but Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands is on the substitutes bench, having missed out at Old Trafford with a groin injury.
The subs bench contains teenagers Haris Vuckic and James Tavernier – and is Tim Krul, Ryan Taylor, Xisco, Shola Ameobi, Haris Vuckic, Peter Lovenkrands, James Tavernier.
New signing Stephen Ireland is included in the Aston Villa starting eleven, and makes his debut this afternoon.
Howay The Lads!! – we need a win.
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Enrique, Wayne Routledge, Alan Smith, Joey Barton, Jonas Gutierrez, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll.
Subs: Ryan Taylor, Xisco, Shola Ameobi, Tim Krul, Haris Vuckic, Peter Lovenkrands, James Tavernier.
Aston Villa: Brad Friedel, Luke Young, Stephen Warnock, Richard Dunne, Stewart Downing, Ashley Young, Stephen Ireland, John Carew, Marc Albrighton, Stiliyan Petrov, Ciaran Clark.
Subs: Nathan Delfouneso, Emile Heskey, Nigel Reo-Coker, Brad Guzan, Habib Beye, Eric Lichaj, Barry Bannan.
Referee: Martin Atkinson