Sunday afternoon’s game at St. James Park sees Newcastle United, without a win in three league games, host a West Brom side sitting pretty in sixth place following their best ever start to a Premier League campaign.
Despite them no taking maximum points in the league since their 1-0 win over Norwich City last month, the hosts go in to the game on the back of their second successive victory in Europe, having beaten Belgian side Club Brugge on Thursday evening.
Manager Alan Pardew rested a number of key players for that match, and is likely to recall them this weekend. However, midfielder Check Tiote starts a three game suspension following his dismissal in the 1-1 draw against local rivals Sunderland last weekend.
Newcastle are best priced at 2.05 (21/20) with William Hill to get the win on Sunday, with West Brom 4.0 (3/1) with a variety of firms. The draw is available at 3.6 (13/5).
West Brom were just ten minutes away from a famous victory against champions Manchester City last weekend, before Edin Dzeko’s late double gave his side the win.
That result was the Baggie’s first in four league games, and first in front of their own fans this season.
Manager Steve Clarke will be without Claudio Yacob, who has a hamstring injury, but could select Chris Brunt and Billy Jones, while the game may come just too soon for Jerome Thomas, who has only recently returned to training.
The corresponding fixture last season was a five goal thriller, as West Brom took the points in a pulsating 3-2 victory.
A Demba Ba double had drawn the host’s level on two occasions, before Paul Scharner’s late winner. Incidentally Ba, who is the leagues joint top scorer with six goals, is favourite to score first this time around at odds of 6.0 (5/1) with Bet Victor, while West Brom’s top scorer Shane Long is a 8.5 (17/2) shot with Bet 365.
Alternatively, as there have been at least four goals in six of the last seven league meetings between these sides, you may want to take advantage of the 3.0 (2/1) available from Ladbrokes that there will be once again.