West Brom v Newcastle – Match preview and team news

Newcastle continue their fight against the drop with a visit to a West Brom side that are on course to enjoy their best-ever Premier League finish.

The Baggies have impressed all season and despite an iffy run of form of late that has seen them only take one win from their last five, three of those being defeats, should still earn plenty of praise for the way they have gone about their campaign under the stewardship of managerial novice Steve Clarke.

The Scot remains without Youssouf Mulumbu who serves the second game of his three-match suspension while Peter Odemwingie also misses out with a knee injury. However, Romelu Lukaku looks set to return up front in tandem with Shane Long after the Belgian was surprisingly left on the bench for the last match against Arsenal.

Newcastle remain far from out of trouble but should still have enough to get out of it considering the quality of players at their disposal. Indeed, their current points tally of 36 with five matches still to play should guarantee them their safety, though manager Alan Pardew will be keen to certify that fact as soon as possible.

Midfielders Cheick Tiote and Sylvain Marveaux will miss the trip to the Hawthorns with hamstring and groin injuries respectively while goalkeeper Tim Krul is out for the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

The trip to West Brom comes just a game or two too soon for Fabricio Coloccini as he returns from a back injury though Hatem Ben Arfa could return to the starting XI for the first time since year.

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