New signings Peter Lovenkrands and Ryan Taylor are handed their full debuts for a purple-stripped Newcastle United at The Hawthorns this afternoon.
Ryan Taylor, signed last Monday from Wigan, will start on the right side of midfield while Danish striker Lovenkrands lines up alongside Shola Ameobi in attack.
The back five remains the same from that which featured in last weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby, while Mark Viduka, Alan Smith and Claudio Cacapa all return to the substitutes’ bench after injury layoffs.
Oba Martins is not even on the bench, so that is a big surprise, and hardly good news for Newcastle.
Fraser Forster is the substitute goalkeeper today.
WBA: Scott Carson, Carl Hoefkens, Paul Robinson, Leon Banett, Robert Koren, Chris Brunt, Do-heon Kim, Abdoulaye Meite, James Morrison, Borja Valero, Marc-Antoine Fortune
Subs: Dean Kiely, Marek Cech, Roman Bedner, Luke Moore, Pele, Filipe Teixeira, Youssouf Mulumbu
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Sebastien Bassong, Nicky Butt (c), Kevin Nolan, Ryan Taylor, Damien Duff, Shola Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands}
Subs: Fraser Forster, Alan Smith, Mark Viduka, Geremi, David Edgar, Xisco, Claudio Cacapa
Referee: Chris Foy