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  • 21 December 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
  • Referee: A. Taylor
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Newcastle United - West Brom Preview: Hosts looking for first Premier League win in six matches

Alan Pardew's men have not taken three points since beating Everton on November 5 and face a Baggies side looking for some consistency after narrowly defeating Blackburn


PROBABLE LINEUPS

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Krul
Simpson, Coloccini, Perch, Santon
Obertan, Tiote, Vuckic, Gutierrez
Ben Arfa
Ba

WEST BROM

Foster
Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Shorey
Brunt, Dorrans, Tchoyi, Thomas
Long, Odemwingie

Newcastle are without Dan Gosling and Yohan Cabaye, who picked up a fifth yellow card during the 0-0 stalemate with Swansea, due to suspensions.

Injury-wise, the Magpies will be without Danny Guthrie, Sylvain Marveux and long-termer Steven Taylor. Ryan Taylor is a slight doubt with an ankle problem.

Zoltan Gera is definitely out for the visitors, who also have concerns over James Morrison, Youssuf Mulumbu, and Paul Scharner.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Newcastle United will be participating in their 670th Premier League game.
  • The Magpies haven’t finished in the top half of the league since the 2005/06 campaign when they ended the season in seventh.
  • Toon legend Alan Shearer (pictured right) is the only player for the north east side to have scored more than three goals in a game.
  • Last season was the Baggies’ best ever in their Premier League history. They finished 11th after failing to finish higher than 17th in four attempts.
  • Only two West Brom players have ever scored a hat-trick in the Premier League, with one being Somen Tchoyi when he put three past Newcastle back in May this year.
  • Alan Pardew’s predecessor Chris Hughton saw his reign end following a 3-1 defeat to West Brom.
  • The Midlands outfit broke their transfer record this summer when they signed striker Shane Long from Reading for a fee of £7.3 million.
  • Newcastle are without a win in their last six games.
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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Tim KrulGoalkeeper
2Fabricio ColocciniDefender
3Davide SantonDefender
25Danny SimpsonDefender
14James PerchMidfielder
15Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
24Cheikh TioteMidfielder
29Haris VuckicMidfielder
19Demba BaStriker
20Leon BestStriker
25Gabriel ObertanStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
16Ryan TaylorDefender
10Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielder
-Mehdi AbeidMidfielder
23Shola AmeobiStriker
28Sammy AmeobiStriker
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
2Steven ReidDefender
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
11Chris BruntMidfielder
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
21Shane LongStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
12Márton FülöpGoalkeeper
25Craig DawsonDefender
28Billy JonesDefender
7James MorrisonMidfielder
29George ThorneMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
-Simon CoxStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
Players to Watch
Jonas Gutierrez
Jonas Gutierrez
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The winger has often been the life force for the Magpies, with the Argentine causing havoc from all down the touchline.

Look for the former Mallorca player to be coming off the left and putting the ball on his preferred right-foot and intimidating his opponents on a regular basis.

Peter Odemwingie
Peter Odemwingie
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The striker scored the winner against Blackburn Rovers in West Brom’s last outing and seems to be finding his form.

The Nigerian will hope to improve his understanding with Shane Long as the pair know Hodgson has options should they fail to find the net on a regular basis.

Prediction

Newcastle’s form has dropped off significantly since their 3-1 loss to Manchester City and they haven’t picked up all three points in a while. They will be on the attack against a West Brom side that has mixed results of late and this could be a game for the Magpies to regain some confidence.

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