Saturday’s 36th round round Premier League fixture will see Newcastle United hosting West Brom at St James’ Park. The interesting matchup is scheduled for kickoff at 3:00 pm GMT.
Newcastle were going through an exceptional four-game winning run until they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Everton in their last league fixture. Before the loss, the Magpies had a resounding form with back-to-back wins against Southampton, Huddersfield, Leicester and Arsenal. The late setback may have halted their proceedings a bit, however, the home side look favorites in the Saturday’s fixture against bottom-placed visitors.
Rafa Benitez’s men are residing at 10th position in the league table with 41 points from 34 league matches. The home side have managed a season tally of 11 wins and 15 defeats in the campaign so far. With the league season coming towards its end, the Magpies will be eyeing to snatch most points from the remaining fixtures for a strong top-10 finish.
On the other hand, praise-worthy performances in last two Premier League fixture against English juggernauts Manchester United and Liverpool has given a much-needed confidence for the bottom-placed visitors. West Brom managed to topple the Red Devils by a 1-0 score-line away from home. Meanwhile, the Baggies claimed an astonishing comeback against Liverpool in their last league fixture as they came back from 2-0 deficit to end the contest in 2-2 thrilling draw.
Prior to the recent sublime run, the visitors have managed 25 points from 35 league matches. However, the baggies are still struggling to get their way out of the relegation zone as they are 8 points adrift the safe zone. West Brom have managed 4 wins and 18 defeats in the season so far. With just 3 more games left to play in the league, Darren Moore’s men are looking vulnerable to get relegated from the top flight.
The hosts will come into this game without the service of goalkeeper Robert Elliot, who is still recovering from his back injury.
Similarly, striker Christian Atsu remains sidelined for the game following a knee injury.
Meanwhile, defender Jesus Gamez, who suffered ankle injury back in mid December, has returned back to the training for the Magpies.
The visitors will have to continue the rest of the league journey without the service of midfielder Gareth Barry, who is ruled out of the season following a knee injury.
Furthermore, another midfielder James Morrison’s journey in the league season comes to the end due to the achilles tendon injury.
Newcastle United vs West Brom Prediction
The two talented sides had a cracker of a contest in the reverse fixture as both the clubs performed valiantly in a 2-2 thrilling draw. Coming to the Saturday’s game, Newcastle have looked solid compared to the Baggies in the last 5 league outings which makes them favorites to bag all three points this weekend.
Our Prediction: Newcastle United 2-0 West Brom
Newcastle United vs West Brom Betting Tips
For the football fans who are thinking about betting on Newcastle United vs West Brom, the chances of earning is high if you place the bet on West Brom. In bet365, the odd for West Brom winning the game is 15/4, and for Newcastle United it is 4/5. Meanwhile, if you wish to bet on draw, the odd is 12/5.
Meanwhile, if you are willing to place a bet on a single player to score, then you can go for Newcastle’s Ayoza Perez. The striker is going through a sublime form in the recent weeks as he has bagged 3 goals from last 4 league sittings.