Chelsea's player-manager Gianluca Vialli has little option but to pick himself up front alongside Gianfranco Zola. Chelsea's five strikers at the start of the season have now become just two, with Tore Andre Flo out for at least six weeks with an ankle problem and Pierluigi Casiraghi a long-term injury casualty and Brian Laudrup having returned to Denmark. Gustavo Poyet is also still out but Vialli has no new injury worries to contend with, although left-sided midfielder Celestine Babayaro is serving a one-match suspension.
NEWCASTLE UNITED (from): Given, Harper, Barton, Charvet, Domi, Dabizas, Howey, Hughes, Lee, Speed, Glass, Solano, Hamann, Shearer, Andersson, Ketsbaia, Pearce, Brady.
CHELSEA (from): De Goey, Hitchcock, Leboeuf, Desailly, Le Saux, Ferrer, Myers, Duberry, Petrescu, Di Matteo, Wise, Goldbaek, Newton, Nicholls, Morris, Terry, Vialli, Zola, Forssell.
Suspensions: Chelsea: Babayaro.
Referee: D Gallagher.