It looks like Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini didn’t make this game so Paul Dummett comes into central defense to face Sunderland for the first time in his career.
Paul prepared to play in central defense for last week’s game and he would have done the same this week in training so at least Paul will be well prepared for Sunderland, but it will still be a huge test for the 22 year-old Kenton lad.
And Dummett for Yanga-Mbiwa is the only change from last week’s starting line-up that did so well against Liverpool at St. James’ Park, and Cheick Tiote will again lead the team out today.
So Ben Arfa stays at center-forward with Papiss Cisse on the bench, and young French U21 International Massadio Haidara is on the bench for the first time this season, having recovered from a knee injury which has kept him our of the side all season.
Both Ameobi brothers are on the bench and we may even see Shola in the second half, since he seems to like scoring against Sunderland.
For Sunderland Jozy Altidore and Steven Fletcher are up front in a 4-4-2 formation.
Newcastle need to make it up to their fans for the pathetic performance in April, and we just hope we can come away with all three points today.
Howay The Lads!!
Sunderland (4-4-2): Keiren Westwood; Phil Bardsley, John O’Shea (c), Carlos Cuellar, Andrea Dossena; Sebastian Larsson, Lee Cattermole, Jack Colback, Adam Johnson; Jozy Altidore, Steven Fletcher
Substitutes: Vito Mannone, Ondrej Celustka, Valentin Roberge, Ki Sung-Yueng, Craig Gardner, Emanuele Giaccherini, Fabio Borini
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Paul Dummett, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (c), Yohan Cabaye; Yoan Gouffran, Hatem Ben Arfa, Loic Remy
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi