EDDIE HOWE will be desperate for a first win as Newcastle manager as his side host fellow strugglers Norwich City.
The Magpies can move above the Canaries into 19th with a win, and begin to claw back a six-point deficit to safety.
But Norwich are in good form, having gone three unbeaten.
Daniel Farke started the run with a 2-1 win at Brentford, only to get the axe the following day.
Since then replacement Dean Smith has picked up a credible four points from home games against Southampton and Wolves.
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- Newcastle XI: Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Clark, Lewis, Fraser, Shelvey, Willock, Saint-Maximin, Wilson & Joelinton.
- Norwich XI: Krul, Aarons, Gibson, Hanley, Williams, Rupp, Sargent, Gilmour, McLean, Tzolis & Pukki.
Alan Shearer discusses Newcastle's system under Eddie Howe.
Norwich will look to exploit the back four of Newcastle this evening.
The Canaries are also pressing more under Dean Smith and it'll be interesting to see what the intensity of the two teams is like tonight.
Expect a few chances at each end I reckon...
It'd be great psychologically to get the win in the first game of the Premier League slate.
We know it'll be hard though, against a partisan crowd.Dean Smith
CALLUM WILSON CAPTAIN
Wilson named captain tonight in the absence of Jamal Lascelles.
NEWCASTLE LINE UP
And the hosts...
Suspensions for Matt Ritchie and captain Jamaal Lascelles after both picking up a booking during the 2-0 loss at Arsenal. Two big losses from the Newcastle starting XI.
Paul Dummett’s continued injury sees him out the squad.
However, there is good news for Dwight Gayle as he is back on the bench, returning from a hamstring injury.
Jamal Lewis comes in against his old club. He’s in for Ritchie at full-back.
Emil Krafth has been benched after the game at Arsenal so Javier Manquillo replaces him.
Ciaran Clark comes in for Lascelles at CB with Schar.
NORWICH LINE UP
Let's start with the visitors.
Norwich City midfielder Mathias Normann will not be involved in the squad that travels to Newcastle for Tuesday night’s Premier League fixture.
The Norwegian was forced off during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers due to a pelvic injury.
Christoph Zimmermann remains out with a hamstring injury.
Todd Cantwell hasn’t travelled with the team due to a ‘Covid-related issue’.
Only two changes to the starting XI from Wolves at the weekend.
The aforementioned Normann is injured so Lukas Rupp comes in for him in the middle.
Rupp replaced Normann off the bench on Saturday and was extremely bright.
Christos Tzolis comes in on the wing for Milo Rashica, who is out with a groin injury.
The Toon Army come into this game knowing how important it is.
Eddie Howe also came in during the international break but had to miss his first game due to Covid isolation.
Although this wasn't ideal, a new look attacking Newcastle team came out swinging at St James Park against Brentford and saw out an entertaining 3-3 draw.
Unfortunately, this was followed up by a 2-0 loss away at Arsenal in the first game with Howe physically on the touchline.
With an overall record of 0-6-7, this could be the Magpies first victory of the season.