Ola Toivonen, Jeremain Lens and Adam Johnson all start for Sunderland in the Wear-Tyne derby.
Sam Allardyce made three changes to his starting XI for his opening home game in charge of the Black Cats, as he opted for an attack-minded line-up.
With Fabio Borini ruled out with an ankle problem, Lens - back after serving a one-match ban - came into the side, as did Toivonen and Johnson.
The latter pair were preferred to Seb Larsson and Jordi Gomez in midfield, as Allardyce set up in a 4-3-3 system.
Newcastle were unchanged.
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Yedlin, O'Shea, Kaboul, Jones, Cattermole, M'Vila, Toivonen, Johnson, Lens, Fletcher. Subs: Mannone, van Aanholt, Larsson, Gomez, Defoe, Coates, Watmore.
Newcastle: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Colback, Tiote, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic. Subs: Woodman, Anita, Cisse, De Jong, Lascelles, Haidara, Thauvin.