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Premier League

  • November 30, 2013
  • • 12:30 PM
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Referee: P. Dowd
  • • Attendance: 49298

Premier League Preview: Newcastle - West Brom

Alan Pardew shares his players' hopes of pushing for the Champions League and has Loic Remy in sparkling form as the Magpies welcome Steve Clarke's side to St James's Park.

In-form Newcastle could stretch its winning streak to four Premier League games with a home victory over West Brom on Saturday.

Alan Pardew's side followed up its surprise triumphs over Chelsea and Tottenham by beating Norwich City 2-1 at St James's Park in its last match.

Pardew stated on Thursday that he shares midfielder Yohan Cabaye's desire of playing in the Champions League and a recent upturn in fortunes has moved Newcastle up to eighth in the top flight - just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

The Tyneside club has only lost once at home this season and will be aiming for a repeat of last season's 2-1 victory over the Baggies, in which Papiss Cisse scored an inadvertent late winner.

Cisse was on the substitutes' bench again in the victory over Norwich and Shola Ameobi's performance against Chris Hughton's side looks set to keep the Senegal striker out of the starting line-up once again on Saturday.

Ameobi is expected to partner red-hot Loic Remy up front, with the France striker having scored in eight goals in his last eight games for Newcastle.

Right back Mathieu Debuchy is available after serving a one-match ban, with Ryan Taylor (knee) the only absentee.

West Brom has won just once on its travels in the Premier League this season but has also only suffered one defeat.

Steve Clarke's side surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Aston Villa on Monday night. Shane Long scored both goals to put Albion in command early on and the Republic of Ireland striker is confident that the club can still enjoy another impressive season.

"We are definitely good enough to be in the top half of the table and we went into Monday night thinking if we got the three points we could go to Newcastle and maybe overtake them and they're having a great season," he told reporters.

"There are fine margins between the top eight and 13th and 14th in the table so we are not panicking at the moment. We know we’re playing good football and things will start going our way soon and hopefully we can beat what we did last season."

Albion has doubts over Liam Ridgewell (calf), Billy Jones and Scott Sinclair (both hamstring), while goalkeeper Ben Foster (foot) is not yet ready to return.

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3Davide SantonDefender
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24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
7Moussa SissokoMidfielder
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