By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United are boosted by the return of five key players as they entertain Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby at St. James' Park today (noon kick-off).
Defenders Mathieu Debuchy and Steven Taylor, midfield enforcer Cheick Tiote and attacking pair Sylvain Marveaux and Yoan Gouffran are all back in the starting line-up for the highlight of the North-East's sporting calendar.
So it is five changes for Alan Pardew's men, with the quintet of Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Massadio Haidara, Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana the unlucky ones to miss out from the Magpies' midweek Europa League tie.
The Senegalese front man has now notched 13 goals this season, including one in each of Newcastle's last five home games.
On the substitutes' bench there is a place for Shola Ameobi, who has netted seven Tyne-Wear derby goals during his career to date.
Sunderland (4-2-3-1): Simon Mignolet; Phil Bardsley, Carlos Cuellar, John O'Shea (c), Danny Rose; Alfred N'Diaye, Sebastian Larsson; Adam Johnson, Stephane Sessegnon, James McClean; Danny Graham
Substitutes: Kieren Westwood, Matthew Kilgallon, Jack Colback, David Vaughan, Jordan Laidler, Kader Mangane, Mikael Mandron
Referee: Howard Webb (Yorkshire)