As we had expected, Danny Guthrie returns to Newcastle’s starting line-up this afternoon against Queens Park Rangers at St. James’ Park.
The Shrewsbury-born player will start in central midfield alongside Yohan Cabaye, and comes in for 19 year-old Mehdi Abeid, who drops down to the bench.
And Ryan Taylor replaces Gabriel Obertan on the right wing and Hatem Ben Arfa is surprisingly replaced by Shola Ameobi, who will play up front with Leon Best.
Ben Arfa scored that world class goal last week – so what does he do to get a starting place at Newcastle these days?
But the starting team is still strong and we liked the way Ryan Taylor played against Manchester United and he will help out Danny Simpson at the back and he can put those crosses and free kicks in for the big lads up front.
We’ll see Ben Arfa sometime in the second half, once Alan Pardew hears his name chanted out continually.
Sean Wright-Phillips is in the QPR side and he was a thorn in our side in the 0-0 draw at Loftus Road earlier in the season.
Mark Hughes is playing a 4-4-2 formation with Bothroyd and Helguson up front.
We need a win today, and anything but that this afternoon will be a disappointment.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Ryan Taylor, Danny Guthrie, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi, Leon Best
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa
Queens Park Rangers (4-4-2): Paddy Kenny; Luke Young, Danny Gabbidon, Anton Ferdinand, Clint Hill; Shaun Wright-Phillips, Shaun Derry, Akos Buzsaky, Jamie Mackie; Heidar Helguson, Jay Bothroyd
Substitutes: Radek Cerny, Bradley Orr, Fitz Hall, Hogan Ephraim, Tommy Smith, DJ Campbell, Federico Macheda