Welcome one and all to this ‘Game On’ article which will take us through the highs and lows ( Of what JC has billed as the most important game in 6yrs ) as we play host to WBA in this afternoons Premier league game (3pm kick-off), We go into the fixture on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Leicester City, which saw us finish with just nine men following red cards to Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat. That was the eighth successive top flight defeat for us.
When the sides met earlier in the season, we came away with a 2-0 victory from the Hawthorns.
Ayoze Perez’s brilliant flick on the stroke of half-time broke the deadlock before a Fabricio Coloccini header sealed all three points for the United.
Speaking ahead of the game John Carver said “West Brom are a very organised side under Tony (Pulis) and they are a huge threat from set plays,” said Carver.
“Manchester United found it very difficult to break them down but we are the home team and we need to win the game.
“It’s going to be very tight. I can’t see there being too many goals looking at our record and at theirs, but we are determined to find a way to win on Saturday.
“We have had a bad run of games but I’ve seen enough from the lads that they want to be productive and they want to do something about it.”
Despite the other teams at the foot of the table picking up points from their recent fixtures, Carver insists he remains focused on Newcastle’s games and no-one else’s.
“I’m not worried about anyone else’s results. We are in the position where we can affect what happens,” he continued.
“It’s in our hands – we are not one of the teams in the bottom three. We can’t afford to worry about what everyone else is doing.
“I don’t think about what the teams are doing below us because I can’t affect that in any way.
“I’m going to focus all my effort and all my concentration on what I can do at this football club, and the earlier we can get results the better – starting with this weekend.”
Newcastle – Daryl Janmaat serves a one-game suspension for his red card at Leicester last weekend, while fellow defender Mike Williamson starts a two-match ban having received a red card in the same game. United are hopeful of having Paul Dummett available following a hamstring strain, while winger Rolando Aarons could make his first appearance in six months following a series of hamstring complaints. Leading scorer Papiss Cisse is available for selection having completed a seven-game suspension but Siem de Jong (thigh) and Adam Armstrong (calf) are doubts. Massadio Haidara (knee), Cheick Tiote (knee), Rob Elliot (thigh) and Steven Taylor (Achilles) remain sidelined
West Brom – Midfielder James Morrison is expected to face a late fitness test on a knock, while first-choice goalkeeper Ben Foster is the Baggies’ only definite absentee, sidelined with a long-term knee injury.
Newcastle Krul, Anita, Coloccini, Dummett, Gutierrez, Sissoko, R Taylor, Colback, Perez, Riviere, Cabella
Subs Woodman, Satka, Abeid, Ameobi, Aarons, Gouffran, Cisse
West Brom Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Lescott, Gardner, Fletcher, Mulumbu, Yacob, Brunt, Anichebe.
Subs Rose, Wisdom, Baird, Morrison, McManaman, Ideye, Berahino