It’s Saturday afternoon which means only one real thing of relevance….It’s match day! Welcome to game on, the best place for banter and general fixture chit chat as we welcome West Brom to St James’ Park.
We have been treated to three wins on the bounce following wins against Chelsea, Spurs and most recently Norwich City. Newcastle will look to continue their run of impressive results this afternoon when The Baggies come to Toon for the televised fixture.
Today’s opponents will be feeling sore at the outcome of their last fixture. Steve Clarke’s men surrendered a two goal lead on Monday night against Midlands rivals Aston Villa at The Hawthornes. West Brom were leading 2-0, but ended up dropping two points as Villa made a come back with the game finishing 2-2. Former Newcastle coach Clarke revealed in a press conference he fears his team are picking up too many draws and insisted they must turn draws into victories.
West Brom currently sit in 11th place in the table and could be deemed as ‘draw specialists’ indeed with the Club sharing the spoils on six out of their twelve games to date. Newcastle are 8th, with six wins in total thus far.
The game will be shown on Sky Sports One with the coverage beginning at 17.00 for a 17.30 kick off. Team news will also be added in at the bottom of this article.
The Baggies have been a bit of a hindrance to us at times over the years but the lads will be hoping to avoid any banana skins today. If we could duplicate the 2-1 victory last season that would do nicely, with Newcastle in good form and in high spirits there is no reason this cant be done. With the table as tight as it is at the top at the moment any victory in it’s self should be a massive incentive for all.
Howay the lads!
Newcastle: Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Santon; Sissoko, Tiote, Cabaye, Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Remy
Subs: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Ben Arfa, Cisse
WBA: Myhill, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Mulumbu, Amalfitano, Sessegnon, Brunt, Long
Subs: L Daniels (gk), Popov, Anichebe, Berahino, Lugano, Gera, Yacob