Cheick Tiote returns to the starting line-up against Liverpool today after recovering from injury, but Ben Arfa starts on the bench and Coloccini isn’t even in the match-day squad.
And a bit of a surprise in that Yoan Gouffran – our goalscorer last week – is benched to make way for Tiote, so it looks like it’s a 4-3-3 formation – with Sissoko, Cisse and Gutierrez the front three.
For Liverpool – Sturridge starts up front in place of the suspended Luis Suarez, and former Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique starts.
And Newcastle have been let off the hook as Wigan went 2-1 ahead of Tottenham after 49 minutes, but would you believe it, an Emerson Boyce own goal after 89 minutes made the score 2-2 – and that’s a massive two points lost by Wigan.
But it shows we have to save ourselves and cannot rely on other sides losing games.
A win will take Newcastle into 13th place and 8 points above the drop zone.
Howay The Lads!!
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Newcastle United (4-3-3): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara; James Perch, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (c); Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Cisse, Jonas Gutierrez
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Vurnon Anita, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yoan Gouffran, Shola Ameobi
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Jose Reina; Glen Johnson, Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique; Lucas, Steven Gerrard (c); Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho; Daniel Sturridge
Substitutes: Brad Jones, Andre Wisdom, Sebastian Coates, Martin Skrtel, Jonjo Shelvey, Suso, Fabio Borini
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)