West Brom caretaker manager Darren Moore has refused to second-guess Albion’s fate this weekend with the Baggies on the brink of relegation.
Only victory at Newcastle on Saturday will keep alive their extremely slim hopes of Premier League survival – anything else will see them go down.
Albion are bottom, eight points from safety with three games left, although 17th-placed Swansea have played a match less.
Moore said: “We can’t preempt what happens this week – we’ll focus on a good team performance and the continuation of the results we’ve been getting in the last few weeks.
“We can’t get drawn into ‘what ifs’. We’re going up there for a difficult game and not focusing on other things around us and it would be wrong to preempt. We’re planning to play a very good team on their patch.
“I expect a high-energy game – it’s a wonderful arena to play football in – and there are two teams battling it out to get a result. We have to work extremely hard and show a good appetite to get anything.”
Moore is unbeaten in his three games since replacing Alan Pardew having beaten Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford and come back from 2-0 down to claim a point against Liverpool last weekend.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said it was a useless point for the Baggies given they are virtually relegated but Moore disagreed and wants Liverpool to win the Champions League, despite Klopp’s dismissive attitude.
He said: “It was far from useless really. I can’t go on about what Jurgen said – he has his views and he’s an excellent man, a passionate man – and all those things I share. His views are for Liverpool and mine are for WBA – I was delighted with a point.
“They are representing England in the Champions League and I want them to get to the final and win it.”
Daniel Sturridge could start after his long-running hamstring problem while Nacer Chadli (hip) is fit.
James Morrison (Achilles) is training but is unlikely to feature.
“I’ve spoken in previous weeks about Dan gaining better fitness, Chadli is stronger and fitter and the squad is looking really good,” added Moore.