Premier League: West Brom v Newcastle United match preview
A look ahead to the New Year's Day fixture at the Hawthorns
Tuesday 31 December 2013
Newcastle will head to the Hawthorns on New Year's Day looking to bounce back from their recent defeat and repeat their winning performance against West Brom.
After an unstoppable show of force by Newcastle in a 5-1 victory against Stoke on Boxing Day, the Magpies suffered an unfortunate 1-0 defeat against Arsenal last weekend, boosting the Gunners to the top of the league. Their whirlwind performance this season left them six places away from West Brom, who closed the year in 15th place.
The Baggies’ future in the league may be an uphill struggle with no manager signed before this match, but they will be able to count on Keith Downing, interim coach, who has done a good job keeping the team afloat through to 2014.
Newcastle will be eager to repeat their 2-1 win against the Baggies in November, whereas West Brom have confirmed they will still call on striker Nicolas Anelka despite his controversial 'quenelle' celebration in the 3-3 draw at Upton Park last weekend.
KICK-OFF: New Year's Day, 3pm
Newcastle 2 (Gouffran, Sissoko) West Brom 1 (Brunt), Premier League, November 2013
West Brom 1 (Jones) Newcastle 1 (Gouffran), Premier League, April 2013
Newcastle 1 (Ba, Cisse) West Brom 1 (Lukaku), Premier League, October 2012
Newcastle haven’t lost a match to West Brom since the Premier League in December 2011
Newcastle has won seven of their last ten Premier League games.
West Brom to win: 2.4
Newcastle to win: 2.9
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm
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