Alan Pardew has brought Fabricio Coloccini back into central defense, and he has moved Frenchman Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to right-back – in a shuffle made necessary because Mathieu Debuchy is suspended for this game against Norwich City today.
Fabricio returns to captain the side and takes over from Cheick Tiote, who did very well in that role while Colo was out.
Newcastle will continue to play in a 4-4-2 formation with Loic Remy and Shola Ameobi up front, and the hope is that Newcastle can get their third win in a row today against a struggling Norwich City side.
And 20 year-old Massadio Haidara returns as a substitute, after recovering from the hamstring strain he picked up against Manchester City in the League Cup, but there is no Steven Taylor, who is fit again after recovering from his hamstring strain.
This is a game we should win today, but these types of games for some reason are never easy for Newcastle – but we hope they can come through for the fans today with a win.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita, Sammy Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse
Norwich City (4-5-1): John Ruddy; Russell Martin (c), Michael Turner, Ryan Bennett, Martin Olsson; Nathan Redmond, Bradley Johnson, Leroy Fer, Jonny Howson, Anthony Pilkington; Gary Hooper
Substitutes: Carlo Nash, Steven Whittaker, Sebastien Bassong, Josh Murphy, Wes Hoolahan, Johan Elmander, Lucianno Becchio
Referee: Mike Dean (The Wirral)
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