Newcastle United vs West Brom team news: Aleksandar Mitrovic starts

Team news from St James' Park

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Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren has put his faith in striker Aleksandar Mitrovic for the clash against relegation rivals West Bromwich Albion. 

New signings Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend also start at St James’ Park this afternoon while Rolando Aarons, the 20-year-old England under-20s star, is also entrusted with a starting berth.

Georginio Wijnaldum is given the opportunity the continue his fine debut season with the Magpies while Rob Elliot is in the net.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis, on the other hand, sticks with new signing from Queens Park Rangers Sandro despite the player admitting he struggled on his debut against Swansea City.

James Chester and Jonas Olsson continue as the central defensive pairing for the Baggies while Craig Gardner and Darren Fletcher add similar composure in the middle of the midfield.

Kick-off at St James’ Park is at 3pm.

Today's line-ups...

Newcastle United: Elliot, Janmaat, Taylor, Coloccini, Aaarons, Sissoko, Tiote, Shelvey, Townsend, Wijnaldum, Mitrovic.

West Bromwich Albion: Foster; Olsson, Chester, Yacob, Gardner, Anichebe, McClean, McAuley, Fletcher (c), Dawson, Sandro.