Chris makes three changes to the side that started against Manchester City two weeks ago, and it looks like he has opted to play in an attacking 4-4-2 formation this afternoon, and that in itself will please lots of Newcastle fans, who like to see the lads attack at home.
Kevin is not even on the bench, so he may have picked up an injury.
It also means that Andy Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands will start up front, and Shola Ameobi finds himself on the bench, after previously displacing Carroll in the last game.
And Hughton springs another surprise as Danny Guthrie will make his first appearance of the season, after finally recovering from the knee injury, and presumably he will start on the right wing.
This is a brave team selection by Chris, as he looks to attack Wigan from the first whistle this afternoon. Good.
Sol Campbell is not included in the squad at all, so whether he has an injury we’re not sure, but Williamson and Coloccini continue in the center of the Newcastle defense.
Former Newcastle winger Charles N’Zogbia and former center-back Steven Caldwell are both included in the Wigan starting line-up, and Tom Cleverely, a former Newcastle loan target in the summer, now on loan from the Red Devils for the full season at Wigan, comes back from injury with a place on the bench.
And youngsters Kadar and Ranger are also on the bench for Newcastle, and we suspect Coloccini will be captain today, and he’ll just love that.
Howay The Lads – we need all 3 points today!!
Newcastle United: Krul; Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Barton, Guthrie, Tiote, Gutierrez; Carroll, Lovenkrands.
Subs: Soderberg Routledge, R. Taylor, Smith, Ameobi, Kadar, Ranger,
Wigan: Al Habsi, Alcaraz, McCarthy, Thomas, Di Santo, N’Zogbia, S. Caldwell, Gomez, Boyce, Stam, Figueroa.
Subs: Kirkland, Watson, Boselli, Moses, Cleverley, Rodallega, Diame.