West Brom - Newcastle Preview: Magpies hoping to recover from derby defeat
Alan Pardew's side travel to the Hawthorns eager to recover from their heavy home loss to Sunderland, and face a Baggies side who have lost their last two games on the trot
By Nicholas McGee
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Thomas, Morrison, Dorrans
Debuchy, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara
Marveaux, Sissoko, Gutierrez
West Brom will be without striker Peter Odemwingie (knee), while George Throne and Zoltan Gera (both knee ligament) are unavailable. Youssuf Mulumbu is out through suspension.
PFA Young Player of the Year nominee Romelu Lukaku will be competing with Shane Long for a starting berth up front.
Newcastle have a number of injury problems with Tim Krul (shoulder), Davide Santon (hamstring), and Fabricio Coloccini (back) all miss out. Ryan Taylor and Haris Vuckic (both knee ligament) remain on the sidelines, with the former now expected to miss the whole of next season as well.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Newcastle have lost nine of their last 11 away matches, and have only won once on their travels this term.
- The Magpies have scored at least two goals in six of their last seven games against West Brom.
- Steven Taylor is just three appearances short of 225 in his Newcastle career.
- James Morrison needs two more goals to reach 25 for West Brom.
- Striker Romelu Lukaku has already scored 13 times since joining the Baggies, and will top his best domestic league mark by netting on three more occasions. He is 6/1 to score two or more goals against Newcastle with bet365.
- Baggies boss Steve Clarke spent a spell at St James' Park as an assistant to Ruud Gullit, taking over as caretaker briefly when the Dutchman was sacked.
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Top 3 Predictions
West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Newcastle United
- 18.72 %
West Bromwich Albion 0-2 Newcastle United
- 15.75 %
West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Newcastle United
- 10.21 %
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A key player at the hub of West Brom's midfield, James Morrison has proved vital to the performances of West Brom this season - scoring four times and providing seven assists so far this campaign. Morrison's presence ensures that Newcastle's leaky defence will have to be on guard against more than one threat if they are to have any chance of taking something from the Hawthorns.
Newcastle may have been well beaten in the Tyne-Wear derby last week, but one player who showed flashes of creativity in that game was midfielder Sylvain Marveaux. The former Rennes man has excited the fans at St James' Park with his pace, trickery and skillful distribution this season, and if he can add to his tally of four assists, then Alan Pardew's charges will have a better chance of taking victory.
Both teams will likely be low on morale following disappointing results in the last round of matches, however it is Newcastle who are in greater need of points to help secure their Premier League status and may just have enough to force a draw from a difficult away trip.
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