Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has made 9 changes from the Newcastle United side which beat Chelsea 4-3 in th Carling Cup at Stamford Bridge in midweek.
Only goalkeeper Tim Krul and defender Fabricio Coloccini keep their places from the side that started at Chelsea and 23 year-old Hatem Ben Arfa returns to the side which looks like it will again play in a 4-512 formation against Stoke City this afternoon.
We thought a couple of the players who got a chance at Chelsea would retain their places because of their excellent performances, but basically Chris is starting the same side that won at Everton with the injured Steve Harper replaced by Tim Krul.
So there are no starts for Shola Ameobi, Jonas Gutierrez or Sol Campbell this afternoon, although Sol Campbell is not on the bench this afternoon.
The Newcastle subs are Soderberg, Lovenkrands, Ryan Taylor, Smith, Gutierrez, Ameobi and Ranger, and you have to think that Chris is looking at attacking the Stoke side this afternoon, with Ryan Taylor the only defender named apart from back-up goalkeeper Ole Soderberg.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United: Krul; Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Routledge, Tiote, Barton (c), Ben Arfa; Nolan, Carroll
Subs: Soderberg, Lovenkrands, Ryan Taylor, Smith, Gutierrez, Ameobi, Ranger.
Stoke City: Sorensen; Wilkinson, Shawcross (c), Huth, Collins; Whitehead, Diao, Whelan, Etherington; Walters, Jones.
Subs: Begovic, Higginbotham, Gudjohnsen, Fuller, Wilson, Delap, Faye.