Six days on from their Derby Day humbling at the hands of Sunderland, Newcastle resume their Premier League campaign with a Saturday afternoon trip to the Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies are one of those teams that have nothing left to play for this term, having secured the pleasure of mid-table mediocrity some weeks ago. Newcastle, however, could do with a couple more points as they look to ensure their safety from the relegation battle kicking off beneath them.

Former Newcastle coach Steve Clarke’s charges have enjoyed nine wins from their 16 home games this season but are on a three game winless run, having lost 2-1 at home to Arsenal last time out. That game was a fortnight ago, meaning Clarke will have had an extra week’s preparation ahead of meeting his old employers.

Opposite number Alan Pardew has had mixed injury news this week, as the news hit that Ryan Taylor has suffered another cruciate ligament injury and will miss most of next season as a result. The former Wigan defender was just weeks away from a first-team return, only to be struck by the same injury again.

There were also fears that Rob Elliot would miss the game against West Brom with an ankle injury he picked up after replacing Tim Krul last week but the former Charlton goalkeeper has shaken off the knock and will keep his place in goal, ahead of Steve Harper.

Fabricio Coloccini will not return tomorrow, instead the home game against Liverpool looks a more realistic target for a return for the outgoing Argentine. Davide Santon is missing with a hamstring injury and Massadio Haidara is expected to deputise, ahead of Jonas Gutierrez at left-back after the winger’s shoddy performance there last week.

Hatem Ben Arfa will start on the bench and likely make another cameo appearance as he regains match fitness, while the rest of the side remains the same as the one that disgraced them against Sunderland last time out.

West Brom will be without Zoltan Gera and George Thorne, while Peter Odemwingie is closing in on a return. Former Toon target Youssouf Mulumbu is suspended and Liam Ridgewell is doubtful. Shane Long could partner powerhouse Romelu Lukaku up front for the Baggies as the big Belgian looks to continue his amazing loan spell at the Hawthorns.

The 19-year-old has netted 13 times in the league this season and is expectant of another loan spell next season, as parent club Chelsea continue to let him blossom elsewhere before bringing him back to Stamford Bridge.