As expected, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has made just one change to his starting line-up from the team that started at Sunderland last Sunday and finished with a draw.
As Alan said earlier in the week, Danny Guthrie comes in to the middle of the park in the absence of the injured Alan Smith and the suspended Cheick Tiote,a nd will play in the holding midfield position.
Leon Best and Shola Ameobi get another chance together up front, and if we are going to win this game we need some goals out of that partnership.
For Spurs, reserve team goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini comes in for Brazilian Heurelho Gomes, who must be out injured, since he’s not even on the bench.
Former Newcastle player Jermaine Jenas starts for Spurs this afternoon, and Sebastian Bassong is on the bench. Former Newcastle target Luka Modric starts for Spurs – unfortunately.
New signing from Everton, Steven Pienaar, is on the bench for Spurs.
On the bench for Newcastle today are Sol Campbell, back from injury, and youngsters Shane Ferguson and Nile Ranger, and Xisco get a rare substitute place, with so many Newcastle players out injured.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle (4-4-2): Steve Harper; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique; Joey Barton, Danny Guthrie, Kevin Nolan (c), Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Tim Krul, James Perch, Sol Campbell, Shane Ferguson, Peter Lovenkrands, Nile Ranger, Xisco
Tottenham (4-4-1-1): Carlo Cudicini; Alan Hutton, Michael Dawson (c), William Gallas, Gareth Bale; Aaron Lennon, Luka Modric, Jermaine Jenas, Steven Pienaar; Rafael van der Vaaart; Jermain Defoe
Subs: Stipe Pletikosa, Vedran Corluka, Younes Kaboul, Sebastien Bassong, Niko Kranjcar, Sandro, Peter Crouch