As expected Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor will make their first Premier League starts of the season against Chelsea this afternoon.
And again, as expected, midfielder Cheik Tiote returns from his one-game ban, with Alan Smith on the bench, after he deputized for the Ivorian at Bolton last Saturday.
But Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan is out of the game with an ankle problem, and Wayne Routledge comes in on the right wing to the side, and Newcastle will attack Chelsea in a 4-4-2 formation, with both local lads, Andy Carroll and Shola Amoebi starting up front.
It looks like Danny Guthrie will have a really important role today, as he in central midfield with Cheick Tiote, so we have to hope the youngster is up for the battle with Chelsea’s top midfield this afternoon.
Patrick van Aanholt is on the bench for Chelsea, after the Dutchman was on loan last February at Newcastle.
The referee for the game today is Andre Marriner.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Campbell, Enrique; Routledge, Guthrie, Tiote, Gutierrez; Carroll, Ameobi.
Subs: Perch, Kadar, Ranger, Soderberg, Best, Smith, Lovenkrands.
Chelsea: Cech: Bosingwa Ivanovic Alex Cole; Ramires Mikel Malouda; Kalou Drogba (c) Anelka
Subs:Turnbull, Ferreira, Bruma, van Aanholt, McEachran, Kakuta, Sturridge.