The Baggies to struggle at St. James’ Park

Last updated: February 1, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: St. James’ Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LWDLL
Away form: DDWLD
Last season: 1-1
Competition: The Premier League

Newcastle made some good selections during the transfer window in January. Steve McClaren can be happy with his new signings. Jonjo Shelvey made a great impression after his first two appearances for The Magpies. He even made an assist in the last match for the team. The other newcomers to Newcastle are Seydou Doumbia (on loan), Andros Townsend and Henri Saivet of Bordeaux.

The Magpies are lying in 18th position of the standings with just 21 points collected. They are 2 below the safety zone of 17th place. So, Steve McClaren’s lads will do whatever it takes to earn the three points from their next game against West Brom.

Furthermore, The Baggies were not persuasive enough in previous Premier League matches. They drew 0-0 against Aston Villa at The Hawthorns and lost 3-0 to Southampton at The St. Mary’s Stadium. In addition, West Brom will have to take part in The FA Cup 4th round replays, because they drew 2-2 against League 1 side Peterborough United at home. Two mistakes from the Baggies’ defence let the underdogs equalize twice in the match and now West Brom will have to visit Peterborough just 4 days after their match against Newcastle.

Team News

Chris Brunt is injured for West Bromwich Albion. The midfielder is suffering from a calf muscle strain and won’t be available for the next game.

James Morrison has a hamstring problem. The Scottish international has scored 3 goals in 18 matches this season.

Jack Colback, Mbabu, Krul (acl knee ligament), Anita (hamstring), Cisse, Haidara (groin strain) and Obertan (hamstring) for The Magpies are injured.

The new signings, Saivet, Shelvey, Townsend and Doumbia are expected to be included in Newcastle’s starting XI.

Quotes of the week

Steve McClaren  from Newcastle Steve McClaren (Newcastle) : “Townsend can play on the right or the left, is two-footed, quick, very direct and loves taking on defenders and crossing the ball.”

Tony Pulis from WBA Tony Pulis (West Bromwich) : “It’s been dreadful to have an outstanding player who has dropped off because of circumstances.”

Expected line-ups:

Newcastle (3-4-2-1): Elliot, Coloccini, Janmaat, Lascelles, Mbemba, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Saivet, Shelvey, Townsend, Mitrovic
Subs Aarons, Doumbia, Darlow, Ayoze, Gouffran, Riviere, Marveaux.
Injured: Anita, Mbabu, Krul, Obertan, Haïdara, Cisse, Colback.
Not available:
WBA (4-4-1-1): Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans, McClean, Gardner, Fletcher, Yacob, Sessegnon, Rondon.
Subs Anichebe, McManaman, Lambert, Chester, Anichebe, Berahino, Myhill
Injured: Morrison, Brunt.
Not available:

So far this season

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Newcastle this season West Bromwich this season
18 League Position 14
3 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (3)
6-2 vs. Norwich Biggest win 2-1 vs. Arsenal and Stoke
5 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (4)
4 (8) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (4)
1-6 to Man City Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Man City and Southampton
Wijnaldum (9) Top scorer Berahino, Morrison and Rondon (3)
Sissoko (5) Assist Leader Morrison and Brunt (3)
Y41, R3 Discipline Y43, R3
10 Failures to score 8
4 Clean Sheets 8
11 Both Teams to Score Games 10
12 Over 2.5 Games 10
11 Under 2.5 Games 13
  • West Bromwich Albion won 1-0 in the first half of the season match between these two sides. Darren Fletcher scored the only goal of the game 10 minutes before the final whistle.
  • Newcastle have won 25 of 51 games at St. James’ Park against West Brom. The Magpies have scored 102 goals and have conceded 73.
  • The Baggies haven’t recorded a victory in their last 6 away matches in The Premier League. Their last away win was against Norwich 3 months ago.
  • There have been options ‘over 2.5 goals’ and ‘both teams to score’ in The Magpies’ last 3 Premier League games.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
28/12/15 The Premier League West Bromwich 1-0 Newcastle D. Fletcher 78′
09/05/15 The Premier League Newcastle 1-1 West Bromwich V. Anichebe 32′
09/11/14 The Premier League West Bromwich 0-2 Newcastle Ayoze Pérez 45′
01/01/14 The Premier League West Bromwich 1-0 Newcastle S. Berahino (PG) 86′
30/11/13 The Premier League Newcastle 2-1 West Bromwich Y. Gouffran 36′