As expected Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor and Cheick Tiote return to the starting line-up this afternoon, but 20 year-old Massadio Haidara is on the bench and Jonas Gutierrez starts at left back, as Alan Pardew goes for experience.
So six of the starting eleven – Krul, Yanga-Mbiwa, Gutierrez, Cabaye, Sissoko and Cisse – also started the game on Thursday night against Benfica – whereas 10 started the game against Fulham, who also played in the previous game in Lisbon against Benfica.
Sylvain Marveaux gets another well deserved start today, and the bench is very strong indeed – Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Hatem Ben Arfa, Adam Campbell and Sunderland slayer Shola Ameobi.
Three local lads could be involved, with Steven Taylor starting and strikers Shola Ameobi and 18 year-old Adam Campbell on the bench.
Gateshead born Danny Graham starts up front for Sunderland today.
We must get the win today, and it will see Newcastle in 11th place in the league table with 39 points.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Jonas Gutierrez; Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (c); Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Hatem Ben Arfa, Adam Campbell, Shola Ameobi
Sunderland – Mignolet, Bardsley, Cuellar, O’Shea, Rose, Johnson, Larsson, N’Diaye, McClean, Sessegnon, Graham
Substitutes: Westwood, Kilgallon, Colback, Vaughan, Mangane, Mandron, Laidler