WEST BROMWICH ALBION v NEWCASTLE
Barclays Premier League
Monday 28th December 2015,
The game will be the 127th competitive meeting
between the two
clubs. Albion currently have a very slight edge in terms of victories with 47
compared to United's 46. There have been 18 Premier League encounters with
Newcastle winning 10 and the Baggies just three.
Albion's last game on December 28 came last year
when a 2-0 defeat at Stoke City ended the reign of Alan Irvine.
United's last game on this date also took place
last year, the Magpies beating Everton 3-2 at St James' Park with goals from
Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback.
Albion have kept just three clean sheets against United in the last 31 matches
between the sides.
have not won their final Premier League game of the calendar year since they
were last promoted in 2010 (L3 D2).
United have failed to score in
nine of their last 14 Premier League away games.
The game will see Albion will pay tribute to former
player and manager Don Howe who died last Wednesday at the age of 80.
Albion's last six games: Swansea City (A) 0-1;
Bournemouth (H) 1-2;
Liverpool (A) 2-2; Tottenham
Hotspur (H) 1-1; West Ham United (A) 1-1; Arsenal (H) 2-1.
Newcastle United's last six games: Everton (H) 0-1; Aston Villa (H) 1-1;
Tottenham Hotspur (A) 2-1; Liverpool (H) 2-0; Crystal Palace (A) 1-5; Leicester
City (H) 0-3.
Baggies' boss Tony Pulis has promised to rotate his
squad over the Christmas and New Year period so may hand recalls to Saido
Berahino and Stephane Sessegnon.
James McClean and Salomon Rondon both serve the
second game of their three game suspensions whilst Ben Foster is not yet match
fit following his long-term knee injury.
Squad: Myhill, Lindegaard,
Gamboa, Chester, Dawson, Olsson, McAuley, Evans, Brunt, Fletcher, Yacob,
McManaman, Gardner, Gnabry, Morrison, Sessegnon, Berahino, Lambert, Anichebe.
Papiss Cisse (groin), Gabriel
Obertan (hamstring), Massadio Haidara (knee), Tim Krul (knee), Steven Taylor
(hamstring) and Mike Williamson (hamstring) are all missing through injury,
whilst Aleksandar Mitrovic (ankle) is rated as doubtful.
The trio of Rolando Aarons,
Jamaal Lascelles and Emmanuel Riviere have resumed training but are unlikely to
Elliot, Darlow, Janmaat, Dummett,
Coloccini, Mbemba, Lascelles, Mbabu, Sterry, Colback, Anita, Wijnaldum, Sissoko,
Thauvin, De Jong, Gouffran, Mitrovic, Perez, Toney.
Craig Gardner is one booking away from receiving a
one match suspension.
Albion Win: 6/5, Newcastle United Win: 12/5,
Berahino 5/1, Lambert 11/2, Anichebe 6/1, Sessegnon 13/2, Gnabry 8/1, McManaman
9/1, Gardner 9/1, Morrison 9/1, Brunt 16/1, Dawson 16/1, Fletcher 16/1, McAuley
20/1, Yacob 25/1, Evans 25/1, Chester 33/1, Olsson 33/1.
United: Mitrovic 13/2, Ayoze 7/1, Toney 8/1,
Thauvin 9/1, Wijnaldum 9/1, Sissoko 9/1, De Jong 9/1, Aarons 11/1, Gouffran
12/1, Colback 20/1, Tiote 25/1, Mbemba 33/1, Janmaat 33/1, Anita 33/1.
No Goalscorer: 15/2.
Mike Jones (Cheshire)
Jones took charge of three Albion games last season
- the 3-0 win at The Hawthorns over champions Chelsea in May, the 0-0 draw at
Sunderland in February and the 2-1 defeat at home to West Ham United in
The Cheshire official has already taken charge of
two Newcastle games so far this season - their 3-0 loss at home to Leicester
City in November and the 2-0 defeat at Swansea City in August.
Jones has issued 64 yellow cards and one red in the
17 games he has officiated so far this season.
Tickets for home supporters have
now sold out.
The visitors have also completely sold out their 2,700 allocation.
Sunny intervals, 10°C
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 which 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 three out of the last 27 league meetings between the
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 THE HAWTHORNS
0-2 Newcastle United
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 9th November 2014,
Albion: Foster, Wisdom,
Lescott, Dawson, Pocognoli (Gamboa 45), Brunt, Dorrans (Samaras 76), Mulumbu (Sessegnon
63), Morrison, Anichebe, Berahino. Subs not used: Myhill, McAuley, Baird,
Newcastle United: Krul;
Janmaat, Coloccini (Williamson 78), Dummett, Haidara; Sissoko, Abeid, Colback;
Cabella (R Taylor 82), Perez, Ameobi (Gouffran 78). Subs not used:
Elliot, Anita, Armstrong, Cisse.
Goalscorers: Perez 45, Coloccini 62
Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)
Ayoze Perez's moment of magic
Newcastle to a comfortable 2-0 win at
West Brom, their fifth
successive victory in all competitions. The striker brilliantly scored a third
goal in as many games with a back-heeled flick into the far corner past the
helpless Ben Foster as Alan Pardew's Magpies revival continued at the Hawthorns.
Fabricio Coloccini's header added the gloss for
who have now won their last four Barclays Premier League games. It was Perez's
impudence which gave them the platform though, his back-heel flick reminiscent
of Kanu's goal for Arsenal at Middlesbrough in 1999. It helped lift the Magpies
up to seventh in the league while the poor Baggies dropped to 13th with Saido
Berahino, celebrating his first senior England call-up, anonymous.
Youssouf Mulumbu replaced the
suspended Craig Gardner for the hosts while Victor Anichebe came in for Stephane
Sessegnon. Once again £10million record signing Brown Ideye failed to make the
Baggies squad. Perez was rewarded with a start while Papiss Cisse, who had been
struggling with a knee injury, was on the bench. With Gabriel Obertan sidelined
with a torn thigh muscle and Steven Taylor injured, in came Remy Cabella and
The game initially lacked punch
until Sammy Ameobi's curling effort bounced off the top of Foster's crossbar in
the 10th minute after Craig Dawson's poor header. And it took until the 16th
minute for the Baggies to conjure their first chance. A slick move involving
Chris Brunt and Anichebe saw the former Everton striker set up Berahino but the
striker's shot was pushed over by the stumbling Tim Krul. There were signs of a
blossoming partnership between Berahino and Anichebe and they combined again in
the 27th minute to present Anichebe with chance, only for Paul Dummett to thwart
him on the edge of the box. Anichebe was enjoying the physical battle with the
Magpies defence but failed to get the better of Coloccini with the game
meandering to the break. But Perez ended the monotony when his wonderful finish
fired the visitors ahead just before the break. Newcastle's quick play caught
the Baggies out and, when the excellent Daryl Janmaat crossed low, Perez met it
with an expert back-heel to divert the ball into the corner across Foster from
12 yards. It was a wonderful moment of skill which was so out of keeping with an
otherwise scrappy game.
The subdued hosts, with Berahino
especially quiet, struggled to respond after the break. While there was plenty
of effort the Baggies lacked quality and Newcastle batted Albion's muted attacks
away. And the Magpies doubled their lead in the 62nd minute when Coloccini
crashed in a far-post header after another devastating right-wing cross from
Janmaat. The goal put
Newcastle in total control but Andre Wisdom wasted a gift with 11
minutes left when he was left with just Krul to beat after Anichebe pushed the
ball into his path. The on-loan
Liverpool defender, though, opted to take a touch before sending a
wretched shot wide from just six yards. With the wasted chance went
Albion's final hope, and Foster
prevented further misery when he denied Perez a second, superbly tipping over
his close-range effort with four minutes left.
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
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)
Sun 05 Dec 2010
Tchoyi, Odemwingie 2 - Lovenkrands
PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES
Monday 28th December
3:00pm - Crystal Palace v Swansea City;
Everton v Stoke City; Norwich City v Aston Villa; Watford v Tottenham Hotspur.
5:30pm - Arsenal v Bournemouth; Manchester United v Chelsea; West Ham United v
Tuesday 29th December
7:45pm - Leicester City v Manchester City.
Wednesday 30th December
7:45pm - Sunderland v Liverpool