Captain Fabricio Coloccini and James Perch – the Brazilian Perchinho – return to the first team for tonight’s crucial game at Stoke City.
It seems that Alan Pardew is going for experience tonight, and James Perch comes in for Shane Ferguson, who drops to the bench, and Colo replaces Steven Taylor, who is out until February with a hamstring injury.
Perch for Ferguson is the only real surprise in the team, which again sees Nile Ranger on the bench for Newcastle.
This is a crucial game for Newcastle to see if we can break out three game losing streak in the league, and the Newcastle manager is again playing Cisse and Ba up front in a 4-4-2 formation, which really hasn’t worked too well for the side this season.
Perch will partner Tiote in the middle of the park and it seems that Anita will move to the right wing, with Jonas switching wings from Sunday and moving to his usual left wing position.
James is a good player for us, but he’s not creative, and Anita is – so it seems a strange move by the Newcastle manager – but we suppose Pardew will see how it works, and he can always switch Perchinho and Anita at some point.
We really need a win tonight but a draw will do – anything but another loss.
Howay The Lads!!
Stoke(4-5-1): Asmir Begovic; Ryan Shotton, Ryan Shawcross (c), Robert Huth, Geoff Cameron; Jonathan Walters, Glenn Whelan, Steven Nzonzi, Charlie Adam, Matthew Etherington; Peter Crouch
Substitutes: Thomas Sorensen, Matt Upson, Wilson Palacios, Michael Kightly, Cameron Jerome, Kenwyne Jones
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote, James Perch, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger