As expected Chris Hughton has named an unchanged side, from the one that won 2-1 at West Ham.
This means that Hughton will have Newcastle playing in a 4-4-2 formation this afternoon, with our two big local lads, Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi playing up front.
And fit again local lad Steven Taylor has been named on the bench, since being out all season with his shoulder injury, and must have impressed manager Chris Hughton of his fitness in training this week. In fact Steven has said he feels the fittest he’s ever been.
This is a very important game for Newcastle – we don’t have to tell Newcastle fans that – let’s hope we get all 3 points by 3:30 pm local time.
Titus Brable starts for Sunderland, and young Nile Ranger, as expected, makes the bench for Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United: Krul; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Enrique; Barton (c), Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez; Carroll, Ameobi.
Subs: Soderberg, S Taylor, Perch, Lovenkrands, Routledge, Smith, Ranger
Sunderland: Mignolet, Onuoha, Bardsley, Turner, Bramble, Cattermole (c), Henderson, Malbranque, Welbeck, Elmohamady, Bent.
Subs: Gordon, Da Silva, Gyan, Richardson, Ferdinand, Zenden, Mensah.