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  • 20 April 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: M. Jones
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West Brom - Newcastle Preview: Magpies hoping to recover from derby defeat

West Brom - Newcastle Preview: Magpies hoping to recover from derby defeat

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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Foster
Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Brunt, Yacob,
Thomas, Morrison, Dorrans 
Lukaku

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Elliot
Debuchy, Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara
Tiote, Cabaye,
 Marveaux, Sissoko, Gutierrez

Cisse


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.
  • 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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Available Squads
1Ben FosterGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
6Goran PopovDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
-Billy JonesDefender
5Claudio YacobMidfielder
7James MorrisonMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
17Romelu LukakuStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
12Steven ReidDefender
6Liam RidgewellDefender
14Jerome ThomasMidfielder
34Kemar RoofeMidfielder
9Markus RosenbergStriker
24Shane LongStriker
21Rob ElliotGoalkeeper
13Mapou Yanga-MbiwaDefender
14James PerchMidfielder
19Massadio HaidaraDefender
2Mathieu DebuchyDefender
27Steven TaylorDefender
6Yohan CabayeMidfielder
7Moussa SissokoMidfielder
18Jonas GutierrezMidfielder
9Papiss CisséStriker
11Yoan GouffranMidfielder
22Stephen HarperGoalkeeper
6Mike WilliamsonDefender
8Vurnon AnitaDefender
10Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielder
15Dan GoslingMidfielder
23Shola AmeobiStriker
-Adam CampbellStriker
Players to Watch
James Morrison
James Morrison
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Sylvain Marveaux
Sylvain Marveaux
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
Prediction
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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