The big news is that Shola Ameobi – the Sunderland slayer – starts for Newcastle United in the Tyne-Wear derby away at Sunderland this afternoon.
And Mike Williamson keeps his place with Fab Coloccini coming back into the side at center-back, so that’s a bit of a shock that local lad Steven Taylor is on the bench.
Tim Krul resumes his place in goal and Danny Simpson comes back in at right back.
We have to assume that Mike Williamson’s has been looking good in training and of course he’s been solid for Newcastle in recent games.
It’s not a huge surprise that Shola starts, and he comes in for Papiss Cisse, who is on the bench.
Newcastle have a strong side out today, and we have to hope they can deliver the goods and beat Sunderland – that’s the only result we want to see at 3:30pm this afternoon.
For Sunderland, Steven Fletcher and Adam johnson both start, and former Newcastle loan player Louis Saha is on the bench.
Danny Rose is also in the side, after his trials and tribulations in Slovakia earlier this week, where he received some disgraceful racial abuse.
The referee for the game is Martin Atkinson from Yorkshire.
Howay The Lads!!
Sunderland (4-4-2): Simon Mignolet: Danny Rose, Craig Gardner, John O’Shea, Carlos Jimenez Cuellar: Sebastian Larsson, Jack Colback, Adam Johnson, James McClean: Steven Fletcher, Stephane Sessegnon
Subs: Kieren Westwood Phillip Bardsley Matthew Kilgallon David Vaughan David Meyler Fraizer Campbell Louis Saha
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba
Subs: Steve Harper, Shane Ferguson, James Perch, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse
Referee: Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)