St. James' Park
Newcastle slightly rested from midweek Europa League action, play on Sunday as they welcome West Bromwich Albion to St James' Park. Alan Pardew's team failed to beat West Brom in the last three meetings at home and they are on a three-game winless streak in the league having not recorded a victory since September 23. Steve Clarke's Baggies travel to the north east in sixth place, four points ahead of their opponents, but they are yet to record an away league win in three attempts. They were beaten 2-1 on Saturday by Manchester City with Shane Long scoring his fifth goal of the campaign in all competitions, just three less than he managed in the whole of 2011/12.
• Newcastle have 10 points from their first eight league games - six fewer than they had at the equivalent stage of last season.
• West Brom have blocked 44 opposition shots this season, more than any other team's defence.
Alan Pardew will be without the services of Chieck Tiote for the visit of West Brom after the Ivorian saw red for dangerous foul play in the Tyne-Wear derby clash last time out. Tiote's place will likely go to James Perch. The Newcastle boss has a dilemma up front having started with Shola Ameobi against Sunderland but having only given him half-an-hour before sacrificing him having gone down to ten men. Papiss Cisse could make a return at Ameobi's expense here, although Cisse was in the starting lineup on Thursday with Ameobi sub, perhaps indicating that we could see another start for the latter in the league.
T Krul • D Simpson, M Williamson, F Coloccini, D Santon • H Ben Arfa, Y Cabaye, J Perch, J Gutierrez • Sh Ameobi, D Ba
Steve Clarke has options across the midfield and attack should he wish to mix things up for the trip to the North East having suffered defeat to City last time out. The likes of both Zoltan Gera and Peter Odemwingie will all be vying for starts having seen action against City and the starting roles of both Graham Dorrans and Marc-Antoine Fortune will come under threat. Billy Jones and Jerome Thomas have both returned to training and could be considered for the trip to St James' Park, with Jones perhaps ousting Gabriel Tamas in the right-back role. Claudio Yacob is also expected to be fit after missing training earlier in the week with a hamstring problem.
B Foster • B Jones, J McAuley, J Olsson, L Ridgewell • C Yacob, Y Mulumbu • P Odemwingie, J Morrison, Z Gera • S Long