Fabricio Coloccini returns to the Newcastle side against Aston Villa this afternoon, and Davide Santon and Luuk de Jong are both dropped and in come local lad Paul Dummett and Papiss Cisse.
As expected Steven Taylor drops down to the bench to make way for the captain and both Loic Remy and Cheick Tiote also return to the side.
Newcastle will play in a 4-4-2 formation as expected with Cisse and Remy up front, and Tiote and Anita is central midfield.
This is almost the side we thought would start but the surprise is that Cisse replaces Luuk de Jong up front.
Ben Arfa is probably injured and Sylvain Marveaux has been training with the Youth team so it’s not surprising that neither of them are in the squad.
And a surprise is that neither Davide Santon nor Sammy Ameobi are on the bench today.
Newcastle need a win today and a good performance too, and that might just stop the rot at Newcastle.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Papiss Cisse, Loic Remy
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling, Luuk de Jong, Shola Ameobi
Aston Villa (4-3-3): Brad Guzan; Leandro Bacuna, Ron Vlaar, Nathan Baker, Ryan Bertrand; Ashley Westwood, Fabian Delph, Karim El Ahmadi; Gabriel Agbonlahor, Christian Benteke, Andreas Weimann
Substitutes: Jed Steer, Joe Bennett, Ciaran Clark, Yacouba Sylla, Marc Albrighton, Aleksandar Tonev, Grant Holt
Referee: Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)