AYOZE Perez will lead the line for Newcastle United against Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby.
Perez starts up front ahead of Papiss Demba Cisse – who is named on the bench – while fit-again midfielder Cheik Tiote returns to the starting XI along with defender Steven Taylor.
Tiote and Taylor missed the club’s midweek Capital One Cup defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.
Defender Daryl Janmaat also starts the game (1.30pm kick-off) after serving a one-game suspension.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Alnwick; Janmaat, Coloccini, S Taylor, Dummett; Sissoko, Colback, Tiote; Gouffran, Perez, Ameobi. Subs: Woodman, Haidara, Williamson, Cabella, Armstrong, Riviere, Cisse.