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Cheick Tiote and Aleksandar Mitrovic recalled, Henri Saivet and Ayoze Perez dropped

Andros Townsend
Andros Townsend

Steve McClaren has recalled Cheick Tiote and Aleksandar Mitrovic to his starting XI.

The pair start against West Bromwich Albion at St James's Park this afternoon (3pm kick-off).

Striker Mitrovic started Wednesday night's 3-0 Premier League defeat to Everton on the bench, while midfielder Tiote hasn't played in almost a month.

Tiote is back in head coach Steve McClaren's plans after a proposed £4million move to Shanghai Shenhua broke down.

Winger Andros Townsend, signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £12million last month, will make his home debut.

Defender Steven Taylor makes his first appearance since August, while winger Rolando, handed a start at left-back, makes his first home league start.

Newcastle are 18th in the table and two points adrift of safety.

Meanwhile, Saido Berahino, the subject of a failed £21million bid from West Brom last month, is on the visiting bench.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot; Janmaat, Coloccini, Taylor, Aarons; Sissoko, Tiote, Shelvey, Townsend; Wijnaldum; Mitrovic. Subs: Darlow, Gibson, Barlaser, Williams, Saivet, Perez, Doumbia.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION: Foster; Olsson, Chester, Yacob, Gardner, Anichebe, McClean, McAuley, Fletcher, Dawson, Sandro. Subs: Myhill; Pocognoli, Lambert, Berahino, Pritchard, Sessegnon, Rondon.