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West Brom’s predicted XI to face Newcastle on Sunday

This Sunday’s clash with Newcastle United is the very definition of a six-pointer for West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies are currently sitting in the relegation zone and a win over Steve Bruce’s men this weekend would take them to within six points of 17th place in the table.

It’s a monumental game for Sam Allardyce and co, who are starting to see some more positive signs at The Hawthorns.

Draws with Manchester United and Burnley got them back on the right track before their win over Brighton breathed fresh life into their survival bid. Allardyce’s men were unfortunate not to take something from their clash with Everton on Thursday evening.

Mbaye Diagne scored what he thought was a late equaliser, only for it to be ruled out by VAR.

With prospects of survival looking a little rosier for Big Sam’s men, how will they line up on Sunday lunchtime? Here’s what we’re tipping to occur.

We think that Albion could make two changes to the side which lost to Everton on Thursday.

The first change is in the back four, where Semi Ajayi returns to the XI. The centre-back was sent off during the club’s 0-0 draw with Burnley and was back among the substitutes in midweek.

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His presence has been colossal for the Baggies this term, however, so he replaces Dara O’Shea in the side. It’s harsh on the young defender but Allardyce has to get his selection spot on with so much on the line.

His other change comes on the left wing. Matty Phillips endured a quiet evening at The Hawthorns a few days ago and was beaten by Mason Holgate on a regular basis. The winger attempted half a dozen dribbles but only succeed with one as the Everton full-back made an eye-catching six tackles.

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With Phillips’ inability to get the better of the Everton defenders, it means that the £19,000-per-week attacker is axed from the XI. Robert Snodgrass, the man who replaced him as a sub in that loss, starts on this occasion.

Besides that it’s an unchanged XI, particularly in midfield where Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Okay Yokuslu and Conor Gallagher were all so impressive against the Toffees.

The latter duo completed over 90% of their passes, while Maitland-Niles managed the third-most touches (72) in the Baggies side. They all have to start.

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