PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: West Brom v Newcastle – the action from the Hawthorns as it happens
15:01 GMT, 25 March 2012
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as West Brom host Newcastle at the Hawthorns for Sunday's only fixture. The Toon go into the match chasing European football for next term but face a tough test against a Baggies side that have already defeated them this season. Email me your thoughts on the action at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
West Brom v Newcastle (4pm)
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West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Andrews, Mulumbu, Thomas, Odemwingie, Fortune.
Subs: Daniels, Long, Brunt, Shorey, Dawson, Cox, Scharner.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Perch, Ben Arfa, Guthrie, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba.
Subs: Elliot, Santon, Abeid, Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Vuckic, Ferguson.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
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16.00: It's amazing what you can do with stats:
This from OptaJoe:
5 – Demba Ba has failed to score in his last five league appearances, his joint-longest PL goal drought. Slump.
And this from InfostradaLive:
Demba Ba has scored four PL goals against West Brom, his joint favourite PL opponents with Stoke City.
15.57: Both sides take to the pitch then, and along with match officials, come out wearing 'Get well soon Fabrice' shirts.
15.53: Let's hope this follows the game from earlier in the season – for goals at least.
West Brom won a thrilling contest at the Sports Direct Arena 3-2 back in December, having twice been pulled back by Demba Ba strikes.
15.50: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew speaking to Sky Sports before the game:
'We hope to use ball better than in our last couple of games. Wide players against full backs will decide the outcome – for both teams.
'The beauty of this team is we can adjust. We have two/three players who can change positions.
'We'll see how the game unfolds but the first 15 minutes will be crucial where we hope to quiet them down.'
15.47: West Brom boss Roy Hodgson makes four changes from the side which drew at Wigan for the home Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle.
Defender Jonas Olsson, available after suspension, midfielder Keith Andrews and strikers Marc-Antoine Fortune and top scorer Peter Odemwingie replace Nicky Shorey, Paul Scharner, Chris Brunt and Shane Long respectively.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew keeps faith with the side which triumphed at home to Norwich last weekend.
Victory would move the Magpies level on points with fifth-placed Chelsea.
15.44: It's all action on the sun lavished Hawthorns turf.
West Brom players are warming up with shirts supporting Fabrice Muamba, while former Baggies hero Bob Taylor has taken to the pitch in mascot attire to go for a run – a pretty warm day to be doing something like that.
15.41: From OptaJoe:
35 – There have been 35 goals scored in the last 8 meetings between Newcastle and WBA (all comps), with both sides scoring in all 8. Tip.
15.38: For West Brom they sit a lowly 14th but it's such a congested mid-table.
Victory would take them to 10th and just three points behind Liverpool. How ironic would it be if Roy Hodgson finished above the Reds this term
Back in the side: West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie (right) returns to the starting line-up
15.35: From InfostradaLive:
West Bromwich Albion play Newcastle United for the 100th time in the top flight. WBA have 37 wins, Newcastle 35 and 27 matches were drawn.
15.32: So what's at stake For Newcastle they are going nowhere today…in position anyway.
A win would take them level points with Chelsea in fifth (a Europa League spot), and providing they score 15 times without reply they would leapfrog the Blues.
It would also pull them eight points clear of nearest rivals Liverpool.
15.29: That stat naturally means there probably won't be a single penalty shout today.
15.28: From OptaJoe:
17 – Newcastle (nine) and West Brom (eight) are the teams to have conceded the most PL penalties this season (Wigan also eight). Rash.
15.25: Full team line-ups from the Hawthorns:
West Brom v Newcastle
West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Andrews, Mulumbu, Thomas, Odemwingie, Fortune. Subs: Daniels, Long, Brunt, Shorey, Dawson, Cox, Scharner.
Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Perch, Ben Arfa, Guthrie, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba. Subs: Elliot, Santon, Abeid, Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Vuckic, Ferguson.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
15.20: West Brom starting XI:
Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Odemwingie, Mulumbu, Morrison, Andrews, Thomas, Fortune.
15.15: Newcastle starting XI:
Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Perch, Ben Arfa, Guthrie, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse.
15.10: Opportunity knocks for these two teams today – much in part due to yesterday's action. For Newcastle a Champions League place isn't out of the question while West Brom remain in touch with a record high finish in the Premier League.
It's up for grabs and the team news is on the way.
Goal getter: Papiss Cisse (above) has formed a strong strike partnership with Demba Ba