By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At the Britannia Stadium
Alan Pardew has made four changes to his Newcastle United starting line-up for Saturday's Barclays Premier League fixture at Stoke City (3.07pm kick-off).
After three consecutive defeats in which the Magpies have conceded 11 goals and failed to score themselves, Pardew has rung the changes, both in personnel and formation.
And in the final third, Ameobi - who had a brief loan spell with the Potters in 2008 - will partner Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse.
On the substitutes' bench, there are places for Elliot, Haidara and de Jong, and they are joined by Hatem Ben Arfa, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Adam Armstrong and Gael Bigirimana - the latter of who was last involved in the first team at Morecambe way back in August.
Stoke City (4-4-1-1): Asmir Begovic; Geoff Cameron, Ryan Shawcross (c), Marc Wilson, Erik Pieters; Stephen Ireland, Steven Nzonzi, Glenn Whelan, Marko Arnautovic; Peter Odemwingie; Peter Crouch
Substitutes: Thomas Sorensen, Andy Wilkinson, Marc Muniesa, Wilson Palacios, Charlie Adam, Jonathan Walters, John Guidetti
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)