By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has made three changes to his starting line-up as the Magpies entertain Everton in Premier League action on Wednesday evening (8pm kick-off).
Centre-back Mike Williamson returns from a one-game ban, while midfielder Vurnon Anita has recovered from an ankle knock picked up on Boxing Day and long-serving striker Shola Ameobi is selected to lead the line.
The trio replace Danny Simpson, who is nursing a broken toe, youngster Gael Bigirimana and Demba Ba, who is not included in the matchday squad after being given permission to speak to Chelsea about a move.
United are expected to again set up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Dutch international Tim Krul in goal.
Everton (4-4-1-1): Tim Howard; Phil Jagielka, John Heitinga, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; Steven Naismith, Phil Neville (c), Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar; Marouane Fellaini; Nikica Jelavic
Substitutes: Jan Mucha, Shane Duffy, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Bryan Oviedo, Magaye Gueye, Victor Anichebe, Apostolos Vellios
Referee: Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)