How Newcastle must line up when they host West Brom on Saturday
Newcastle United will be hoping to bounce back from their defeat to Everton at Goodison Park on Monday night when they host bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion at St James’ Park on Saturday.
The Magpies went into the clash on Merseyside on the back of a run of four successive Premier League victories, which had resulted in them surpassing the magic 40-point mark and preserving their top flight status for another season.
However, they failed to get on the score-sheet against Sam Allardyce’s men as Theo Walcott’s goal six minutes after half-time proved to be the difference between the two clubs, with Ayoze Perez in particular guilty of missing opportunities.
Rafa Benitez will be determined for his team to get back to winning ways against the lowly Baggies, who will definitely be relegated unless they pick up the three points, in order for them to try and end what has been an impressive campaign in eighth position.
The Spanish manager made one change against the Toffees as loanee Islam Slimani came into the starting XI in place of Dwight Gayle, and he may well be considering making more alterations on Saturday to ensure that his side take some momentum into the 2018/19 campaign.
Here is how Newcastle must line up against West Brom, ahead of Martin Dubravka in goal…