As expected James Perch comes in for Cheick Tiote in the defensive midfield position and Shola Ameobi is again preferred to Papiss Cisse up front.
Otherwise, the team is as expected and it’s a strong one to take on a good West Brom side this afternoon.
And as expected Shane Ferguson, Gabby Obertan and Sammy Ameobi, who all had good games on Thursday night against Club Brugge, get places on the bench.
James Perch for Cheick Tiote is the only change from the starting eleven at the Stadium of Light last week, where some of our players showed top form, like our captain, Fabricio Coloccini, as the prime example.
And surprisingly Shane Long, the Irish International striker, who was the main man in this fixture last season when West Brom won 3-2, starts on the bench for Albion, with Odemwingie starting up front today.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, James Perch, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Shane Ferguson, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cisse
West Brom (4-5-1): Foster; Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Mulumbu, Morrison, Odemwingie, Gera, Dorrans; Lukaku.
Subs: L Daniels; Long, Fortune, El Ghanassy, Rosenberg, Jara Reyes, Popov.