As we had expected, Danny Guthrie is recalled for the Newcastle side this afternoon, in the final game of the season against West Brom at St. James’ Park.
The midfielder has been out with an ankle knock, but is ready to start today in central midfield, in what is the very last, but still important game for the Magpies this afternoon.
As we had thought, Danny’s recall will allow Ryan Taylor to switch to the right wing, which is probably his best position.
20 year-old Kazenga LuaLua is once again named among the substitutes, as is Leon Best, who is also back from an ankle injury.
Sammy Ameobi makes way for Leon on the bench after the 19 year-old made his debt for Newcastle at Stamford Bridge last Sunday.
Shane Ferguson starts on the left wing in place of the injured Jonas Gutierrez, and makes his 9th appearance ever for the Magpies.
WBA manager Roy Hodgson makes four changes – two of which are enforced – to the side that beat Everton 1-0 last weekend.
Gabriel Tamas (minor knock) and Peter Odemwingie (ankle) are both out with injury, and are replaced by Abdoulaye Meite and Marc-Antoine Fortuné respectively.
That’s good news that Odemwingie is out, because he’s looked an excellent striker this season.
Somen Tchoyi and James Morrison also start in place of Jerome Thomas and Simon Cox, who drop to the bench.
A win is what we want to see for Newcastle this afternoon – and that would be a terrific way to finish what has been a great season for the side.
And we’d almost certainly finish either 9th or 10th in the league – in the top half – and that would be terrific.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Krul; Simpson, Taylor (S), Coloccini, Enrique; Taylor (R), Barton, Guthrie, Ferguson; Ameobi, Lovenkrands
Subs: Soderberg, Tavernier, Smith, LuaLua, Ranger, Best, Kuqi
West Brom(4-4-1-1): Carson; Reid, Meite, Olsson, Shorey; Brunt, Scharner, Mulumbu, Tchoyi; Morrison; Fortuné.
Subs: Myhill (gk), Cox, Thomas, Ibanez, Thorne, Jara, Miller.
Referee: M Halsey (Hertfordshire).