Newcastle United will be looking to record their fourth consecutive Premier League victory as they welcome West Bromwich Albion to St James’ Park.

It looks set to be a tight affair with both sides in form at the moment, Newcastle recorded impressive victories over Chelsea and Tottenham in recent weeks, last weekend’s win against Norwich has put Newcastle 8th in the Premier League and just two points adrift of the top four.

West Brom come into this fixture on the back of a thrilling West Midlands derby, a Shane Long double put them two ahead at the break, but a resurgent Aston Villa struck twice in the second half to earn a point. Prior to the derby, West Brom were robbed of all three points at Stamford Bridge due to a late controversial penalty decision. However, they were victorious against Crystal Palace.

Alan Pardew faces a selection headache as Mathieu Debuchy returns from a one-game suspension, the French right-back has turned in some impressive performances for both club and country this season and will be expected to slot back into the right side of United’s defence.

One man that has been a rock at the heart of Newcastle’s defence is Mike Williamson and although captain Fabricio Coloccini and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are available, Williamson is set to keep his place. Steven Taylor is also fit following a lengthy hamstring injury.

The Baggies’ head coach Steve Clarke returns St James’ – the place he started his coaching career as Ruud Gullit’s assistant. He faces a number of injury problems with Liam Ridgewell fighting for fitness ahead of this weekend’s clash. Billy Jones and Scott Sinclair are also major doubts.