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Match Preview Newcastle v West Brom

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Match Preview Newcastle v West Brom 
Saturday 30 November 5.30pm Live On SKY Sports

While Newcastle have picked up nine points from their three matches in November, West Brom have found a certain consistency as well this month. In their trio of matches the visitors have scored two goals in each of the matches and picked up a win and two draws against Palace and Chelsea & Villa.

The Baggies may have got well turned over at Liverpool (4-1) but apart from that they haven’t lost on their travels.

As well as being cheated out of two of the three deserved points at Stamford Bridge, West Brom also famously won at Old Trafford, plus gained a creditable goalless draw at Goodison.

Saido Berahino has scored six goals in all competitions and at only twenty years old looks an excellent prospect, West Brom one of those clubs that always seem capable of bring through young players.

Newcastle have yet been linked with Shane Long who has knocked in three already this season. In addition, the visitors have the Amalfitano brother who is a footballer, plus of course Sessegnon, who the mackems bizarrely let go as they went on a trolley dash around the football bins of Europe.

When it comes to the United team in my ‘match preview Newcastle v West Brom’, I can’t see Alan Pardew going past the one obvious change.

It would be real weakness if the newcastle manager bottled it and left the team intact with Debuchy only on the bench.

I’m sure he will grasp the nettle and leave out either Mapou or Coloccini dropping out, as our only out and out right-back and in top form, Debuchy must start.

With Pardew stating William will definitely play, my money is on Mapou partnering him. That is clearly the form choice but can the manager leave out his captain?

Personally, I’d like to see the manager freshen things up with either Cisse or Ben Arfa replacing Shola but I do understand why with results going our way he won’t fix something that isn’t broken. However, I do think that we are getting away with it to a decent extent at the minute and despite Shola’s man of the match performance against Norwich, he still never looks like scoring.

While Tiote and Cabaye are back to being a top form partnership in the middle, the reliance on Remy scoring is going to be found out sometime soon. Unless new signings are brought in then at some time Ben Arfa and/or Cisse are going to have to integrated back into the team as they are two proven goal scorers and/or creators. While there is plenty perspiration in the team, we do look short of inspiration for large spells of games. Far better to find a game for players like these when results are positive and confidence high.

I think Newcastle can take all three points but it may take a more ruthless edge to finish the Baggies off, as Norwich cut through our defence but lacked the finishing power.

Will Shola lead the line to victory or will it be Ben Arfa or Cisse off the bench, either way nice to have options once again.

A United win coupled with Everton failing to beat Stoke would see Newcastle top four on Saturday night, it might only be for a matter of hours but I would have settled for that back in August…

Betting – NUFC to win by exactly 2 goals 11/2 – Remy first goal AND NUFC win 40/1 – Cabaye score a goal 19/5

To view all Newcastle v West Brom betting click HERE (Prices can fluctuate up and down)


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