Rob Elliot in goal, Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling and Romain Amalfitano all start against Maritimo tonight in the first group game of the Europa League.
And as expected young Haris Vuckic makes the starting line-up in a mix of youth and experience for the Newcastle side.
It looks like Alan Pardew is playing a defensive 4-5-1 formation with Shola Ameobi the lone striker up front, and maybe Haris Vuckic, who always has an eye for goal, will be playing as the withdrawn striker, in the role Kevin Nolan used to take up at Newcastle.
The player who didn’t make the bench today is Vurnon Anita, and the news is that he has flown home to be with his girlfriend, who has gone into labor with their child, and it looks like Dan Gosling gets a chance with Vurnon not available.
Youngsters James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi and Adam Campbell are on the bench, and we have to hope that Rob Elliot, making his first appearance of the season and only his second senior appearance in the Newcastle goal, has a good game.
The lads will be going for the win tonight, but it looks like it will be a tough game, and there are only three players – Williamson, Taylor and Santon – who will likely start the game on Sunday against Norwich City at home.
Maritimo (4-5-1): Romain Salin; Briguel (c), Joao Guilherme, Valentin Roberge, Luis Olim; Rafael Miranda, Joao Luiz, Heldon, Simao, Sami; Danilo Dias
Substitutes: Wellington Lima, Joao Diogo, Marcio Rosario, Igor Rossi, Goncalo Abreu, Fidelis, Adilson
Newcastle United (4-5-1): Rob Elliot; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Haris Vuckic, Romain Amalfitano; Shola Ameobi (c)
Substitutes: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Campbell