Jose Enrique picked up a bug and made way for Tamas Kadar with Fabrice Pancrate and Alan Smith on the bench and Nicky Butt not included in the 18-man squad.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Harper; Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Kadar; Routledge, Nolan, Guthrie, Gutierrez; Lovenkrands, Carroll. Subs: Krul (gk); Taylor, Smith, Barton, Pancrate, Best, Ameobi.
Blackpool (4-4-2): Gilks; Baptiste, Crainey, Evatt, Coleman; Southern, Burgess; Adam, Vaughan; Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell. Subs: Halstead (gk); Edwards, Bannen, Dobbie, Clarke, Euell, Ormerod.