West Brom v Newcastle: Shola's Back
Written by Newcastle Utd
Newcastle United FC
Shola Ameobi returns to the Newcastle starting line-up for the Magpies' New Year's Day fixture at West Brom
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At the Hawthorns
Shola Ameobi returns to the Newcastle United starting line-up for the Magpies' New Year's Day fixture at West Bromwich Albion (3pm kick-off).
The long-serving striker has been among the substitutes for United's last three Premier League games, but is reinstated from the start at the Hawthorns.
Ameobi takes the place of midfielder Vurnon Anita, who is named among the replacements and that is the only change from Sunday's narrow defeat to Arsenal.
Manager Alan Pardew is expected to start with the 4-3-3 formation that Newcastle have used to such good effect recently, with a slight reshuffle in the personnel.
West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1): Ben Foster; Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; Youssouf Mulumbu, Caludio Yacob; Morgan Amalfitano, Stephane Sessegnon, Chris Brunt (c); Nicolas Anelka
Substitutes: Boaz Myhill, Diego Lugano, James Morrison, Zoltan Gera, Matej Vydra, Saido Berahino, Shane Long
Referee: Lee Mason (Greater Manchester)