Alan Pardew makes juts the one enforced change today with Steven Taylor coming in for the injured Mike Williamson.
It’s a good chance for local lad Steven Taylor to show his manager he’s still as good as he was a couple of years ago, and Steven will get to add to his 11 appearances for Newcastle this season.
Tim Krul again gets the nod in goal, and Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands remain as the two up front strikers.
A small surprise is a place in the bench for young local lad, midfielder Ryan Donaldson, with other teenagers on the bench including James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson and Nile Ranger.
Newcastle will not get a better chance this season for a win than today, and Birmingham have been very poor on the road all season, with just a couple of wins.
For Birmingham, former Newcastle players Stephen Carr and Lee Bowyer start, and Newcastle transfer target Seb Larsson is also in the starting line-up up front as a striker.
Spurs loan player David Bentley gets a position on the bench this week.
Newcastle owe their fans a committed performance this afternoon, and if they can reach somewhere near their best form should be able to win this game.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle: Krul; Simpson, Taylor (S), Coloccini, Enrique; Barton, Tiote, Nolan (c), Gutierrez; Ameobi, Lovenkrands
Subs: Harper,Tavernier, Ferguson, Taylor (R), Donaldson, Ranger, Kuqi
Birmingham:Foster: Johnson, Jiránek, Ridgewell, Carr; Ferguson, Bowyer, Fahey, Beausejour; Larsson Jerome
Subs: Parnaby, Phillips, Hleb, Bentley, Doyle, Davies, Derbyshire