Written by: @GrantMilesFF
Newcastle may not have managed to secure any points against Arsenal last time out but they have been in fine form recently.
Before that defeat they had won seven of their last nine. West Brom will hope that now is the time for them to get their first three points under caretaker manager Keith Downing, after remaining unbeaten since he took over.
Alan Pardew’s side are unbeaten in their last four meetings with the Baggies and will be buoyed by their 2-1 victory against the same opposition last month. However, Downing’s charges scored three last time out and a resurgent Nicolas Anelka could prove to a thorn in the side of Newcastle at The Hawthorns.
Anelka is fit and available for selection, despite the furore over his quenelle celebration which he has vowed to stop insisting it was not anti-Semitic.
Despite this West Brom remain short in the striking department as Shane Long (calf) and Victor Anichebe (groin) are both still doubts. Said Berahino, who notched up his 3rd goal for the club on Saturday against West Ham, is ready for selection and could start from kick off this time round.
The Magpies are as close to a fully fit squad as they will be all season, with Ryan Taylor the only real absentee with a knee injury. Gabriel Obertan is not expected to feature after storming out, following his omission from the starting line up against Arsenal, but apart from that Pardew has a full compliment of players to pick from.
The Newcastle boss has admitted though that his players are tired and that the prospect of three games in eight days could force him to reshuffle the pack, which could give West Brom every chance of victory in this one.
West Brom v Newcastle Pre-Match Stats
In the last 11 league meetings between Newcastle and West Brom, neither side has kept a clean sheet.
Papiss Demba Cisse has scored three goals in four Barclays Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion.
West Brom are on a run of nine Premier League games without a victory (D5 L4) – the longest such run in the competition currently.
WBA have conceded in each of their last nine league games, only two sides (Palace and Sunderland) have recorded runs of 10 games this season.
Newcastle are yet to draw a Premier League away match this season (W5 L4).
The Magpies have gained 15 points from the 12 away goals they’ve scored in 2013-14.
West Bromwich Albion have drawn their last three games in a row; no team has recorded four in a row in the Premier League in 2013-14.
Shola Ameobi has made 131 Premier League appearances as a substitute, more than any other player in the competition’s history.
Nicolas Anelka has scored six times against Newcastle in the Premier League; only against four clubs has he managed more goals (Blackburn, Everton, Sunderland & Arsenal)
If the Premier League season had started in November then Newcastle would be second, behind Manchester City.