As expected, Cheick Tiote returns to the Newcastle United midfield for today’s game against Stoke City at St. James’ Park.
The good news is that goalkeeper Tim Krul is fit and will start in goal for Newcastle – Tim has never missed a Premier League game all season, but suffered a back spasm late last week.
But the rest seems to have done the trick for Tim, and Newcastle are again expected to be in a 4-3-3 formation against Stoke.
And Leon Best returns to the bench for Newcastle after recovering from his knee injury.
This is an important game for Newcastle, and they have a chance of notching their 6th win in a row against the Potters this afternoon, and possibly being 4th top of the table tonight after Tottenham play at QPR.
For Stoke this afternoon, Peter Crouch, the England striker, starts up front.
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Leon Best, Shola Ameobi
Stoke Stoke City (4-4-2): Asmir Begovic; Andy Wilkinson, Robert Huth, Ryan Shawcross (c), Marc Wilson; Ryan Shotton, Glenn Whelan, Wilson Palacios, Matthew Etherington; Jonathan Walters, Peter Crouch
Substitutes: Thomas Sorensen, Matthew Upson, Dean Whitehead, Jermaine Pennant, Cameron Jerome, Ricardo Fuller, Kenwyne Jones