Sunday afternoon sees Newcastle United attempt to extend their winning run to five successive games, with an away trip to the Hawthorns to take on Alan Irvine’s West Bromwich Albion. The Magpies have been inspired of late and will be on the hunt for a win which could take them into the top half of the table for the first time this season. Much of that success has been down to a number of rejuvenated first-team stars, including Ayoze Perez, Moussa Sissoko and Fabricio Coloccini. The trio are all set to continue against the Baggies but Alan Pardew has a decision to make regarding Perez, who will battle Papiss Cisse for the lone striker role. The Senegal striker is not 100% fit after a knee injury that has never fully recovered from last season, so a cameo from the bench may be a more likely option for the Newcastle manager. Gabriel Obertan was enjoying his best run since joining Newcastle up until last week, when he collapsed clutching his thigh while chasing a ball against Liverpool. Scans earlier this week have revealed the Frenchman has a ruptured thigh and the winger will be out for at least four months. A likely replacement for Obertan would have been teenager Rolando Aarons but the winger has a knock that is expected to rule him out of the game against West Brom, so Sammy Ameobi is likely to start. Remy Cabella is another candidate for Obertan’s place in the team after the Frenchman showed signs of a return to form in recent substitute appearances. Cheick Tiote is expected to miss out again with injury, so Mehdi Abeid may continue in a role he impressed in against Liverpool last week. Mike Williamson is also out with a knock that has seen him miss the entirety of Newcastle’s winning run. After a stuttering start, West Brom have been impressive of late and much of the success has been down to the goal scoring form of Saido Berahino. The Burundi-born striker has seven goals already this season and his form has been recognised with a maiden call-up to the full England squad. New signing Silvestre Varela and veteran centre-back Jonas Olsson are both injured for the Baggies, while former Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner is suspended after accumulating five yellow cards. Brom have been draw specialists at home this season, with three stalemates on their own patch. Only one team, Everton, has left with maximum points while Burnley left after a 4-0 pasting. Either side could move into the top half of the table with a win, with both sides locked together on 13 points. The Baggies have a better goal difference, something that could change with a two-goal swing on the day.