NEWCASTLE UNITED v WEST BROMWICH
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 6th February 2016,
St James' Park
The game will be the 128th competitive meeting
between the two
clubs. Albion currently have a slight edge in terms of victories with 48
compared to United's 46. There have been 19 Premier League encounters with
Newcastle winning 10 and the Baggies four.
Albion's last game on February 6 took place in 2010
when a Simon Cox goal gave the Baggies a 1-0 win over Plymouth Argyle in a
Championship clash at Home Park. The club's last top-flight game on this date
came back in 1982 when goals from Martyn Bennett and Kevin Summerfield gave
Albion a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest at The Hawthorns.
Newcastle's last game on this date took place in
1999 - the Magpies beating Leeds United 1-0 in a Premier League fixture at
Elland Road, Nolberto Solano the goalscorer.
Albion and Newcastle have met once previously on
February 6 - in 1970 at St James' Park when the hosts won 1-0 with a goal from
Only Aston Villa (18) have
scored fewer goals than
Albion (23) in
the Premier League this season.
Albion have kept just four clean sheets against United in the last 32 matches
between the sides.
Albion's last six games: Swansea City (H) 1-1;
Peterborough United (H, FAC)
2-2; Aston Villa (H) 0-0; Bristol City (A, FAC) 1-0;
Southampton (A) 0-3; Chelsea (A)
Newcastle United's last six games: Everton (A) 0-3; Watford (A) 1-2; West Ham
United (H) 2-1; Manchester United (H) 3-3; Watford (A, FAC) 0-1; Arsenal (A)
Baggies' boss Tony Pulis will be without James
Morrison and Jonny Evans (both hamstring), Chris Brunt (calf), and Callum
McManaman (ankle) for the trip to St James' Park.
Leading scorer Saido Berahino looks likely to once
again start on the bench with Pulis deeming the player - who was the subject of
bids from United during January - not fit enough.
Recent loan signing from Spurs, Alex Pritchard,
will be hoping to make his first appearance for the club having missed out on a
debut against Swansea last Tuesday.
Jack Colback, Chancel Mbemba and
Paul Dummett are all ruled out for the hosts through injury whilst Jamaal
Lascelles is suspended
Steven Taylor is expected to
make his first start since August and Kevin Mbabu could also feature after
returning from his thigh injury.
Albion Win: 11/4, Newcastle United Win: 21/20,
Rondon 7/1, Berahino 8/1, Anichebe 8/1, Lambert 9/1, Pritchard 10/1, Sessegnon
10/1, Gardner 12/1, McClean 12/1, Fletcher 20/1, Sandro 20/1, Dawson
25/1, McAuley 25/1, Yacob 33/1.
United: Doumbia 9/2, Mitrovic 5/1, Ayoze 5/1,
Riviere 6/1, Townsend 13/2, Wijnaldum 13/2, Shelvey 8/1, Sissoko 9/1, Aarons
9/1, De Jong 9/1, Gouffran 12/1, Saivet 14/1, Tiote 20/1, Janmaat
25/1, Taylor 33/1.
No Goalscorer: 15/2.
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Assistant Referees: Andy Halliday (North Yorkshire) & Harry Lennard
Fourth Official: Paul Tierney (Lancashire)
Mason has officiated one Albion game so far this
season - the 2-1 win over Stoke City at The Hawthorns last month.
The Lancashire official has refereed two Newcastle
games during 2015/16 - their 1-0 defeat at home to Everton in December and the
1-0 win at Bournemouth in November.
He has taken charge of one previous Albion versus
Newcastle United game - the Baggies' 1-0 win at The Hawthorns in January 2014.
Mason has issued 62 yellow cards and two red in the
22 games he has officiated so far this season.
A full run-down of Mason's history refereeing the
Baggies can be found
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The first ever meeting of the two sides was a friendly game at St James' Park in
April 1893 which saw United run out comfortable 7-2 winners, Jock Sorley
hitting a hat-trick for the hosts.
Albion first met Newcastle in league action during the 1898/99 season. The first
game between the two sides, at St James' Park in December, ended in a 3-0 win
for United. Andy Aitken, Jock Peddie and Joe Rogers scoring the home sides' goals. The
return game at Stoney Lane in April saw the Baggies gain revenge with a 2-0
victory, Arthur Smith and Billy Bassett the Albion goalscorers in front of a
crowd of just 2,304.
Albion's biggest league win against
United is 7-3, at St James' Park in September 1953 when Johnny Nicholls led
the visitors' scoring with a hat-trick, Ronnie Allen (2), Frank Griffin and Reg
Ryan scored the other Albion goals. The performance by Vic Buckingham's
men earned applause from all supporters present at the game and is
generally recognised as one of the club's greatest performances.
Another big win for Albion was a 6-0
mauling of United at The Hawthorns in September 1960, a game that saw Alec
Jackson hit a hat-trick. The Baggies have also twice recorded a 6-1
victory against United at The Hawthorns, first in September 1902 and then
in May 1967, Tony Brown hitting three goals in the latter game.
Albion's heaviest league defeat against
United is 5-1 - a scoreline that has occurred four times - three of which came on Tyneside:
November 1931, September 1938 and November 1949. The other victory came at The
Hawthorns in November 1989. The 1938 meeting saw Billy Cairns net four of the
The Baggies have won just four out of the last 28 league meetings between the
Albion's 3-2 win in December 2011 is their only league victory at St James' Park
since a 3-0 triumph in September 1977.
A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here
(Click on game to view)
Saturday 7 February 2009 - Albion 2-3 Newcastle United - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 4 May 1991 - Albion 1-1 Newcastle United - Second Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 27 October 1990 - Newcastle United 1-1 Albion - Second Division - St James' Park
Wednesday 1 November 1989 - Albion 1-5 Newcastle United - Second Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 16 February 1974 - Albion 0-3 Newcastle United - FA Cup 5th Round - The Hawthorns
Saturday 20 February 1954 - Albion 3-2 Newcastle United - FA Cup 5th Round - The Hawthorns
Saturday 8 January 1938 - Albion 1-0 Newcastle United - FA Cup 3rd Round - The Hawthorns
LAST MEETING AT ST JAMES' PARK
United 1-1 Albion
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 9th May 2015,
Newcastle United: Krul,
Anita (Abeid 90+2), Coloccini, Dummett, Gutierrez, Sissoko, R Taylor, Colback,
Perez (Ameobi 85), Riviere (Cisse 68), Cabella. Subs not used: Woodman,
Satka, Aarons, Gouffran.
Goalscorer: Perez 41
Booked: Gutierrez 31
(foul), Taylor 79 (foul)
Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson,
Lescott, Gardner (Berahino 69), Fletcher, Mulumbu (Morrison 55), Yacob, Brunt,
Anichebe (McManaman 78). Subs not used: Rose, Wisdom, Baird, Ideye.
Goalscorer: Anichebe 32
Booked: Dawson 52 (foul), Morrison 82
(foul), Yacob 86 (foul)
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
Ayoze Perez ended
relegation-haunted Newcastle's eight-game losing streak as they picked up their
first Barclays Premier League point since February. However, the former Tenerife
forward's seventh goal of the season was only enough to secure a 1-1 draw with
West Brom at St James' Park on a day when the battle for survival took a series
of twists. The Magpies had briefly slipped into the bottom three when Victor
Anichebe headed home Craig Gardner's 32nd-minute free-kick, but Perez levelled
four minutes before the break with a sweetly-struck shot to hand head coach John
Carver a little respite. The home fans among a crowd of 47,894 left the stadium
knowing there is still work to be done if their team is to avoid the drop with a
trip to QPR next weekend and a final-day clash with West Ham on Tyneside to
Sunderland's surprise win at
Everton in the day's early kick-off left the Magpies even more in need of
victory, and that was not lost on their supporters, who answered skipper
Fabricio Coloccini's plea to get behind their team. The loss of Mike Williamson
and Daryl Janmaat to suspension meant yet another reshuffle which resulted in
midfielder Jonas Gutierrez lining up at left-back, and the Magpies' frailty at
the back was to haunt them once again.
They started the game in
positive fashion with midfielder Moussa Sissoko blasting a long-range drive just
over Boaz Myhill's crossbar with four minutes gone. But they enjoyed a major
escape four minutes later when Craig Dawson got his head to Gardner's inswinging
corner and saw his effort come back off the post with the black and white shirts
converging to block Youssouf Mulumbu's follow-up. Spurred on by their good
pushed forward, but were able to create little of note in open play despite the
best efforts of Remy Cabella, who saw plenty of the ball, but could do little
with it. Indeed, most their best efforts came from Ryan Taylor free-kicks with
the midfielder twice finding the head of defender Paul Dummett and going for
goal himself, but with no tangible reward.
went close to the opening goal on the half-hour when Coloccini headed another
Taylor free-kick back across goal for Sissoko to rifle in a shot which was
blocked on the line by Joleon Lescott. But they fell behind just two minutes
later, and in depressingly predictable fashion as Anichebe climbed above
to head Gardner's free-kick past the helpless Tim Krul. Sissoko shot straight at
Myhill after running on to Cabella's clever 39th-minute flick, but his side had
to wait just two minutes longer to drag themselves back into the game. Taylor
picked out Perez on the edge of the box with his free-kick and the Spaniard took
a touch before drilling a left-foot shot into the bottom corner to popular
acclaim from the Toon Army. Dawson floated a cross just high and wide after
Chris Brunt had gone one-on-one with Krul two minutes before the break, but the
sides went in level to the unaccustomed, at least in recent times, sound of
applause from the locals.
The Baggies could have been back
in front within three minutes of the restart when Anichebe broke and fed skipper
Darren Fletcher, who crossed for Gardner to fire just wide first time as he
arrived at the back post. Cabella was starting to make an impact and it was his
enterprising run which led to the 64th-minute corner from which Perez tested
Myhill at his near post. Carver sent on leading scorer Papiss Cisse, fresh from
his seven-game ban, as a 68th-minute replacement for Emmanuel Riviere, but it
was the visitors who very nearly regained the advantage with 17 minutes
remaining when Brunt saw his header blocked on the line by a combination of
Dummett and Krul before substitute Saido Berahino stabbed the rebound against
the post. Krul palmed away Berahino's 76th-minute shot after he had been played
in by Anichebe, but Myhill had to produce an injury-time save to keep out
Sissoko's stinging shot in a tense finish.
Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for
both clubs are: Stan Allan, John Anderson, Harry Brown, Franz Carr, Harry
Clifton, Eddie Connelly, Perry Digweed, Wayne Fereday, Ruel Fox, Andy Hunt, Tom Hutchinson, Dennis Martin, Mick Martin,
David Mills, Bob Pailor, George Reilly, Dick Roberts, Mark Robinson, Colin
Suggett, John Trewick, Imre Varadi, John Watson, Steve Watson and Kenny Wharton.
Ossie Ardiles managed both clubs during the 1990s; Former Albion boss Gary Megson
played for United during the mid 1980s; Sir Bobby Robson played for
Albion and managed Newcastle; Former Baggies' boss Keith Burkinshaw
had earlier been on the coaching staff at United; Jesse Carver, who
managed Albion in 1952, had played for United during the 1930s; Albion
hard-man of the 1950s Maurice Setters was later United Chief Scout;
Ex-Newcastle goalkeeper Eric Steele coached at The Hawthorns;
Albion's 1968 FA Cup winning captain Graham Williams later became a
scout for United;
From 1998-99, former Baggies boss' Steve Clarke was
assistant manager at St James' Park during Ruud Gullit's short-lived reign at
the club; another former Albion boss - Alan Irvine, was United's
academy director between 2001 and 2005;
Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce was Albion's
player / reserve team coach for two years under Brian Talbot from 1989-1991.
Dudley-born Allardyce made just one substitute appearance for the club.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS NEWCASTLE UNITED
TEN MATCHES AGAINST NEWCASTLE UNITED
Mon 28 Dec 2015
Sat 09 May 2015
Anichebe - Perez
Sun 09 Nov 2014
Wed 01 Jan 2014
Sat 30 Nov 2013
Brunt - Gouffran, Sissoko
Sat 20 Apr 2013
Jones - Gouffran
Sun 28 Oct 2012
Lukaku - Ba, Cissι
Sun 25 Mar 2012
Long - Cisse 2, Ben Arfa
Wed 21 Dec 2011
Odemwingie, McAuley, Scharner - Ba 2
Sun 22 May 2011
Tchoyi 3 - S Taylor, Lovenkrands, Olsson (og)
PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES
Saturday 6th February
12:45pm - Manchester City v Leicester City.
3:00pm - Aston Villa v Norwich City;
Liverpool v Sunderland; Newcastle United v Albion; Stoke City v Everton; Swansea
City v Crystal Palace; Tottenham Hotspur v Watford.
5:30pm - Southampton v West Ham United.
Sunday 7th February
1:30pm - Bournemouth v Arsenal.
4:00pm - Chelsea v Manchester United.