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Match Thread: Newcastle vs West Bromwich Albion

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Newcastle has plenty to play for as they welcome the Baggies to St. James' Park

Gouffran provided the lone tally for Newcastle the last time the sides met.
Gouffran provided the lone tally for Newcastle the last time the sides met.
Stu Forster

Newcastle all giving the top six a go. Should the Magpies get all three points this weekend and get some help, they could find themselves as high as fourth in the Premier League (though they need a lot of help to do so). Even if that help doesn't come, Newcastle will firmly be placing themselves in a position to challenge for a Champion's League spot. If they can hold this position through the end of the year, you might allow yourselves to dream of European football again.

But, first things first: Newcastle play host to a West Bromwich Albion side that cannot be happy about their performance last week. After Shane Long scored two beautiful goals in the opening 11 minutes, WBA settled for a 2-2 draw with rivals Aston Villa. The Baggies will no doubt be looking to make up for points left on the table.

Alan Pardew will have more or less his entire squad at his disposal. Only Massadio Haidara is out with an injury. The side can welcome Mathieu Debuchy back to the squad after being suspended last week.

Newcastle are the "late game" today, witch kickoff coming at 12:30 eastern time. So, grab some leftover turkey, find a television and follow along with the match with us.

Newcastle United

Position: 8th (20 points)

Form: WDLWWW

Line-up: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Santon; Sissoko, Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Remy.

Subs: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Cisse.

West Bromwich Albion

Position: 11th (15 points)

Form: DDLWDD

Line-up: Myhill, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Mulumbu, Amalfitano, Sessegnon, Brunt, Long.

Subs: L Daniels (gk), Popov, Anichebe, Berahino, Lugano, Gera, Yacob

Don't forget to take part in the CHN Predictor's League. Submissions close 5 minutes prior to kickoff.

We'll open this thread up early. If you want to discuss the early games, have at it!