Newcastle vs West Bromwich Albion Predictions
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- West Brom have lost four of their five Premier League away games this season.
- The Baggies have failed to score in three of their last four away assignments.
- Newcastle have recorded wins in two of their last four home matches.
- West Brom have failed to score in three of their last five Premier League tests.
Newcastle leave it late again
Newcastle’s ability to land late knock-out blows proved invaluable again in their last outing, when the Magpies plundered two goals inside the final two minutes at Selhurst Park to beat Crystal Palace 2-0.
The victory – which was Newcastle’s fourth of the campaign – shot United up to 13th in the Premier League table, and incredibly, a full 50% of the Magpies 12 goals this season have been notched in the final six minutes of their games.
Newcastle were denied the chance to follow that victory up with another last weekend, when their game against Aston Villa was postponed due to a major COVID-19 scare in their squad.
The Magpies returned to full group training this week however, and they will have enjoyed a mammoth 16 days between fixtures by the time they kick off against West Brom on Saturday.
Baggies continue to toil
Coincidentally, West Brom’s last Premier League test was also against Roy Hodgson’s Eagles, though unfortunately for Albion, their experience against Palace was very different to Newcastle’s.
WBA were annihilated 5-1 by a rampant Crystal Palace team at the Hawthorns after the Eagles capitalised on Matheus Pereira’s early sending off to run up a meaty final score in the Midlands.
The loss – which was West Brom’s eighth in 11 games since their promotion – kept the Baggies firmly in the bottom three, and we expect Albion to find the going tough again this weekend.
Newcastle worth backing
With West Brom’s already fragile confidence likely to be shattered by their Palace mauling last week, and key creator Matheus Pereira out through suspension, the odds look stacked against the Baggies in the North East on Saturday.
Newcastle should be well rested following their lengthy break between fixtures, and having taken six points from the last 12 on offer at St. James’ Park, the Magpies have a trickle of home momentum to harness.
WBA were beaten in four of their last five Premier League away games, and failed to register in three of the most recent four of those dismal displays, and their abysmal record on the road suggests Newcastle can push for victory this weekend.
When you align the factors, Newcastle look superb value to take three points against Albion at the prices quoted, while our correct score prediction backs the Magpies to record a 2-0 triumph.
Steve Bruce’s men scored exactly two goals in each of their last two Premier League victories, and when you consider that West Brom shipped exactly twice in two of their last three league defeats, a 2-0 Magpies win looks a correct score worth backing.
Newcastle hotshot Callum Wilson is also worth keeping an eye on in the anytime goalscorer stakes. The former Bournemouth star has been a roaring success at St. James’ Park since his summer move, and the in-form frontman will be searching for his eighth Premier League goal for the Magpies this weekend.
Newcastle injuries and team news
Martin Dubravka, Paul Dummett and Dwight Gayle are sidelined for Newcastle, though Jamall Lascelles, Allan Saint-Maximin, Ryan Fraser and Andy Carroll will all hope to be fit enough to feature.
A number of other players could miss out for Newcastle due to some positive COVID-19 cases, though the identity of the affected squad members hasn’t been revealed by Steve Bruce.
West Brom injuries and team news
Sam Field and Conor Townsend have been ruled out for WBA through injury, while Matheus Periera misses out through suspension following his red card against Crystal Palace last week.
Jake Livermore is nearly a return, though Saturday’s game could come too early for the midfielder.