Great news today that Newcastle captain Fab Coloccini and top midfielder Cheick Tiote both start for Newcastle this afternoon against Swansea at home.
And the other good news is that David Santon get a start at right back as we had hoped for, following his good performance at Norwich last Week.
As expected James Perch will line up alongside Coloccini but that should be a lot easier this week, with James having an immensely experienced player alongside him.
And another surprise is that Leon Best takes over from Shola Ameobi up front, so Leon must have been looking good in training this week.
Mike Williamson is also on the bench as expected and all being well he could get 15 minutes at the end of the game for James Perch, depending on how the game is going.
There is no Ryan Taylor, so we don’t know why that’s the case – but maybe Alan Pardew is giving the Liverpudlian a rest.
And it’s interesting that both Mehdi Abeid and Haris Vuckic make the bench, and of course the 19 year-olds are two of Newcastle’s top youngsters.
This is an improved defense than last week’s side at Norwich, and we will be looking for Newcastle to get back to their winning ways.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, James Perch, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Demba Ba
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Medhi Abeid, Haris Vuckic, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi
Swansea City (4-5-1): Michel Vorm; Ashley Richards, Ashley Williams (c), Steven Caulker, Neil Taylor; Wayne Routledge, Leon Britton, Joe Allen, Mark Gower, Scott Sinclair; Danny Graham
Substitutes: Gerhard Tremmel, Garry Monk, Kemy Agustien, Nathan Dyer, Stephen Dobbie, Luke Moore, Leroy Lita