Mark Lawrenson things confidence levels ‘will be very low’ for everybody at Newcastle United.

With four defeats in a row, going to the Hawthorns on a cold and windy Tuesday night in late November might not be the best game to have lined up next.

In contrast, Mark Lawrenson sees the depression maybe lifting at West Brom, with the departure of Tony Pulis transforming the mood.

A draw under caretaker Gary Megson at Wembley on Saturday won’t have done any harm either.

The pessimist in you feeling that this game could maybe have come at exactly the wrong time for Newcastle, before new manager-elect Alan Pardew has had time to come in and drag the West Brom players and fans back down.

At his press conference earlier today, Rafa Benitez didn’t have any positive news on the injury front, so apart from Isaac Hayden who was suspended on Saturday and now returns, the United boss will have the same squad to choose from.

No reason why Newcastle can’t go to the Hawthorns and get at least a point, especially if Mikel Merino is able to start this one and maybe Hayden as well to be accommodated, with Rafa looking to get back to a more energetic competitive line-up, especially in the middle of the pitch.

Another game that is very hard to call but one where we desperately need the players to bounce back and grab at least a draw before Chelsea on Saturday.

Mark Lawrenson talking to BBC Sport:

“West Brom played very well at Wembley under caretaker manager Gary Megson and it looks as though he will be in charge again for this game.

“It feels like a good time to play Newcastle, who have lost four games in a row, because their confidence will be very low.

“There will also be a very different atmosphere at The Hawthorns compared to previous weeks because many Baggies supporters wanted Tony Pulis out.

“This is their first home game since his departure so some of their fans will be celebrating that.

“Prediction: West Brom 2 Newcastle 1.”

West Brom v Newcastle Match Betting:

West Brom win 7/5Draw 85/40Newcastle win 5/2

NUFC win 2-1 12/1Gayle to score first goal 13/2NUFC lead at HT and FT 5/1

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The Cheerful Chaps are back forecasting Doom for Nufc

    • Whitehurst

      Don’t worry fella…Staveley is just keeping her cards close and not showing her hand. Although it’s looking dubious along the lines of a takeover before Xmas….I’m still confident that we’ll be rid of the odious fat one sooner rather than later. So keep the faith!! HWTL

      • Danimal

        Please God.

  • Whitehurst

    He really has never forgiven us for being given the poison chalice of taking on the defensive duties bestowed by KK. One of many so-called pundits who loathes everything associated with NUFC. Move on!!

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    This is Newcastle’s role in the scheme of things as the eternal whipping boy and constant sob story !
    I sometimes think when Newcastle get relegated they are sad because they don’t know what to do with themselves if they’re moaning about Newcastle United.
    Who was it that said : “There’s an unwritten rule that every season two teams struggle and one of those has to be Newcastle United ” ?

  • Rich Lawson

    ”Feels like a good time to play Newcastle” Well your 60 pal so I hope West Brom’ have you down for central defence ? Tho’ to be fair if your marking Joselu you’ll probably have a fairly easy game !

  • Leazes Ender

    Pay your Taxes BetVictor you short change the British public!