Gus Poyet brings his golden boy Liam Bridcutt in for a start in central midfield with Lee CAttermole once again missing with a knock.
The rest of the team is pretty much as expected with Phil Bardsley starting having shaken off a knock sustained against Stoke.
In attack, Jozy Altidore holds onto his place, but no Steven Fletcher in the squad today with new signing Nacho Scocco taking a spot on the bench.
Sunderland (4-3-3): Vito Mannone, Phil Bardsley, Marcos Alonso, Wes Brown, John O'Shea, Liam Bridcutt, Jack Colback, Ki Sung-Yeung, Adam Johnson, Fabio Borini, Jozy Altidore
Substitutes: Oscar Ustari, Seb Larsson, Craig Gardner, Connor Wickham, Emanuele Giaccherini, Santiago Vergini, Nacho Scocco
Alan Pardew is also forced into changes with Loic Remy suspended and Yohan's Cabaye (departed) and Gouffran (injured) unavailable.
In the absence of the above a pair of Ameobi's start in the form of Shola and Sammy, with Hatem Ben Arfa also providing support for the brothers.
New signing Luuk De Jong is on the bench for the home side.
Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul, Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita, Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi.
Substitutes: Rob Elliott, Paul Dummett, Massimo Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbwia, Sylvain Marveaux, Adam Armstrong, Luuk De Jong
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