After a great week in which they all but guaranteed qualification to the knockout stages of the Europa League, Newcastle return to Premier League action when they welcome West Brom to St James’ Park.

The Baggies have been something of a bogey side for Newcastle, but heading into Sunday’s clash, it’s probably the Magpies who carry the favourites tag. Last season’s encounter seen Demba Ba strike twice for the home side, before Shane Long gave Brom the points with a late counter-attack.

However, under the guidance of former Toon number 2 Steve Clarke, the Midlands side have been excellent in their early season campaign and occupy a top-half position heading into tomorrow’s game.

After seemingly finding the balance between domestic and European competition in midweek, Alan Pardew will welcome back his top players to take on the Baggies. Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa will all start, although Cheick Tiote is missing through suspension. Probably Pards’ biggest decision will be who to start up front with Ba, as Shola Ameobi and Papiss Cisse battle to partner the Toon’s top scorer. Shola’s younger brother Sammy will also hope to be involved after an eye-catching display that battered Bruges into submission.

Vurnon Anita is the most likely to replace Tiote in midfield, although James Perch – who plugged the gap left by the Ivorian last week – could do a solid job in the middle with Cabaye.

As for the visitors, they are without Boaz Myhill and the ever-sidelined Steven Reid, while Claudio Yacob, Billy Jones and Jerome Thomas are all doubtful. Star man Chris Brunt will also struggle to shake off injury, but could be fit enough for some amount of action.

A win for Newcastle would propel them into the top half of the table and inspire some momentum in their league campaign. It has struggled to catch fire over the first weeks of the season but with top players starting to click and form threatening to reach the levels of the back end of last season, a win tomorrow could set the Magpies in flight.