Mariappa starts first league game
Brian McDermott has made just two changes from the side that knocked Q.P.R out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday evening.
Captain Jobi McAnuff replaces Hal Robson-Kanu on the wing, whilst Mikele Leigertwood, who missed the game at Loftus Road for the birth of his son Cameron, is in for Jay Tabb.
Adrian Mariappa makes his league debut for the Royals, whilst Shaun Cummings also gets his first appearance in the Premier League.
Reading: McCarthy, Cummings, Shorey, Mariappa, Gorkss, Leigertwood, Karacan, McAnuff, Kebe, Hunt, Pogrebnyak
Subs: Taylor, Pearce, Guthrie, McCleary, Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre, Roberts
Newcastle: Harper, Santon, Williamson, Perch, Gutierrez (C), Ben Arfa, Bigirimana, Tiote, Taylor, Cisse, Ba
Subs: Anita, Elliot, Ameobi, Obertan, Ambeobi, Ferguson, Tavernier