Newcastle v West Brom – Match Preview
Sunday 28 October 2012 3pm
No such thing as a ‘nothing’ match at this stage of the season but looking at the league table after the Saturday 3pm matches, a win on Sunday would put us two points behind fourth placed Arsenal. Anything less leaves us in real no-man’s land, with a traditional defeat to look forward to next at Liverpool if recent years are anything to go by, no matter how average they are.
After yo-yoing between the Premiership and Championship, West Brom are maybe getting the look of a team that could hang around the top division for a while.
Roy Hodgson got them sorted out and now Steve Clarke has made a promising start, including home wins over Liverpool and Everton, while on their travels they’ve had solid draws at the likes of Spurs and Villa.
Last season they went home with all three points despite Demba Ba scoring two crackers, while the season before saw our spectacular crash on the last day of the season. Three goals up and heading for a top half finish, only for shocking defending to let in three late goals and a resultant bottom half end to the season.
Last weekend you couldn’t have asked much more from the derby match, apart from of course no flukey equaliser and Cheick Tiote staying on the pitch.
Alan Pardew showed in that match he wasn’t frightened to go against expectations with both Cisse and Steven Taylor left out.
Cisse showed against Brugge that he isn’t quite clicking yet with his finishing but his overall play was fine, I’d hope he is restored alongside Demba Ba with a plan on how to get the best out of them as a partnership.
Fingers crossed that after another week’s training Steven Taylor will be restored alongside Fabricio Coloccini, with those two in front of the excellent Tim Krul I think the 2/1 on Newcastle keeping a clean sheet is excellent value.
Maybe the biggest decision will be what Alan Pardew does in the absence of the suspended Chieck Tiote, I’ve seen talk of the likes of Perch or Bigirimana filling in but I’d put good money on Jonas coming inside. That leaves the potential for any one of Sammy Ameobi, Obertan and Shane Ferguson figuring out wide, I’ve got a small sneaking suspicion that Ferguson could have a chance – but at least with seemingly all of his big guns, apart from Tiote, available the manager does have options.
One player who looks to be struggling is Vurnon Anita who wasn’t at the races against Brugge, he looks in need of time and I can’t imagine him as a possibility to start.
With Newcastle’s indifferent early season form, there is a rare opportunity to back Newcastle against a middle of the road opposition to win at odds against, something not to be overlooked. My final bet is a Newcastle win at 21/20 with BetVictor.
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