Newcastle United travel to West Brom this weekend knowing that a victory would enhance their push for a European place.
The Magpies are currently sixth, with a five point lead over seventh placed Liverpool. If results go their way, Alan Pardew's team could extend that cushion even further, whilst also putting pressure on the teams above that are chasing Champions League football next season.
Speaking ahead of Sunday's clash at the Hawthorns, Pardew said: "It's a tough game. I think West Brom at home is the one of the tough fixtures in the Premiership. They've had some great results and we're very much on our guard to get something out of the game."
On his side's chances of European qualification, he added:
– Alan Pardew, Newcastle United FC Manager
"The players' attitude and application has been first class, and if we can do that for nine more games, we might surprise ourselves."
Newcastle could be without midfielder Cheick Tiote for the game. The Ivorian is still troubled by the hamstring injury that kept him out last weekend's win over Norwich. Meanwhile youngster Shane Ferguson could be named among the substitutes.