WEST BROMWICH ALBION v NEWCASTLE UNITED
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 20th April 2013,
A victory for Albion would see them set a new club
record for most wins (14) during a Premier League season. The club's previous
high of 13 was set in 2011/12.
Albion's last game on this date came in 2005,
Zoltan Gera grabbing the Baggies a point against Spurs in a 1-1 draw at White
Hart Lane. Albion have won just one of the last ten games they have played on
April 20, a 2-1 win against Sunderland at The Hawthorns in 1981.
United's last game on this date came two years ago
when they played out a goalless draw at home to Manchester United.
Chris Brunt will make his 200th league appearance
for Albion if he plays a part in the game.
Baggies' striker Romelu Lukaku needs two goals to equal Peter Odemwingie's club
record of 15 Premier League goals in a season.
Albion's last six games: Arsenal
(H) 1-2; West Ham United (A) 1-3; Stoke City (A) 0-0; Swansea City (H) 2-1;
Chelsea (A) 0-1; Sunderland (H) 2-1.
United's last six games: Sunderland (H) 0-3;
Benfica (H, UEFA) 1-1; Fulham (H) 1-0; Benfica (A, UEFA) 1-3; Manchester City
(A) 0-4; Wigan Athletic (A) 1-2.
Want-away striker Peter Odemwingie misses the game
due to a 'knee injury' whilst Baggies' boss Steve Clarke will also be without midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu who
serves the second game of his three match suspension.
Young midfielder Izzy Brown will also miss out due
to a groin strain.
Zoltan Gera and George Thorne both remain out with
Foster, Myhill, Jones, Reid, Ridgewell, McAuley, Olsson,
Thomas, Lukaku, Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans,
Rosenberg, Yacob, Long, Fortune,
Newcastle will be without
midfielders Cheick Tiote (hamstring) and Sylvain Marveaux (groin), goalkeeper
Tim Krul (dislocated shoulder) and defender Ryan Taylor (cruciate ligament).
Captain Fabricio Coloccini (back) has returned to training,
but the game comes too soon for him.
Elliot, Harper, Debuchy,
Simpson, S. Taylor, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Perch, Bigirimana, Cabaye, Anita,
Gutierrez, Ben Arfa, Gosling, Obertan, Sissoko, Cisse, Gouffran, Ameobi,
Baggies' boss Steve Clarke:
“I’ve honestly not enjoyed the break. We’ve played two games
in 34 days which, at this time of the season, is something that takes a lot of
getting used to. There has been too much spare time. I’ve mentioned before we’ve
struggled to find a little bit of rhythm during the second half of the season
and that doesn’t help us - and on the back of two defeats as well. The training
this week has been quite good, quite intense, the players are a bit tetchy and I
think they are looking forward to the game.
“It’s been a big break at a strange time. Normally at this stage you’re playing
game and game and game, and you get into a good rhythm. We haven’t managed to do
that yet but we have six games now in the last 30 days and we’ll look forward to
them. I’m really mindful the season is not over yet and the players are as well
because there has been a little edge to the training this week, which has been
good for me to see. The players are desperate to put the two defeats they’ve
just had out the way and get back to picking up more points for the club.
will feel that. Newcastle should be wound up as well after a bad reverse last
week in the derby game so it should be an interesting fixture.
“There are a lot of games that have been played until now and
in some months of the season you play game and game and game and you’re
struggling physically. We’re probably the opposite now where we are a little bit
too fresh and too eager. It’s important we calm ourselves down and shape up the
team properly at the weekend. We should be fresh, full of enthusiasm and there
is a little bit of a feeling we’ve waited too long to put right a couple of
defeats we’ve had. We’ve got a few things we want to get off our chests and a
need to calm down a few frustrations. We’ve felt, although we’ve only played two
games in a month, the West Ham game was disappointing and the Arsenal game was
disappointing for a different reason because we felt we put enough into that
to get something out of it. We didn’t and we’ll look to put that right at the
United boss Alan Pardew:
"We've worked hard on the team this week and are looking
forward to Saturday. We've had a little bit of time to work with the team and
for them to be fresh, and they've been so different in training.
"The players know they carry the responsibility of this Club
in the last five games to get some good results. The target for us at this
moment is just to get 40 points as quickly as possible, and that will be the
same for any team in the bottom half of the table. If you get a couple of wins
then you can start to look at the top ten because it is that tight, but as we
speak today we just need to secure some points.
"Steve Clarke has done a great job there in his first year as
a manager. He was at our game (against
Sunderland) so I'm sure he will
be thinking they've got a great chance.
"We need to give a much better, improved showing, and
hopefully we will do that."
Albion Win: 6/5, Newcastle United Win: 11/5, Draw:
Cisse 6/1, Long 6/1, Ben Arfa 8/1, Ameobi 8/1, Fortune 9/1, Rosenberg 9/1,
Gouffran 9/1, Campbell 10/1, Morrison 10/1, Dorrans 11/1, Sissoko 11/1, Brunt
12/1, Cabaye 12/1, Thomas 14/1, Obertan 16/1.
Mike Jones (Cheshire) - Jones has took
charge of two Albion games this season, the 3-2 home win over QPR in October and
the 2-0 away defeat to Arsenal in December. The Cheshire official has dished out
83 yellow cards and three red in 29 games this season.
There are a limited number of tickets available for
home fans. The Smethwick End and East Stand are both sold out.
Partly cloudy but dry, 12°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.
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 scored the hosts' 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. 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.
Another big win for Albion was a 6-0 mauling of United at The Hawthorns in
September 1960, a game which 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 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
Albion have won just two of the last 22
league meetings between the teams.
LAST MEETING AT THE HAWTHORNS
1-3 Newcastle United
Barclays Premier League
Sunday 25th March 2012,
Albion: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Andrews
(Long 46), Mulumbu (Scharner 73), Thomas (Brunt 46), Odemwingie, Fortune.
Subs Not Used: Daniels, Shorey, Dawson, Cox.
Goalscorer: Long (52)
Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini (Santon 46), Perch, Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi
75), Guthrie, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Cisse (Ferguson 79), Ba. Subs Not Used: Elliot,
Abeid, Gosling, Vuckic.
Goalscorers: Cisse (6 & 34), Ben Arfa (12)
Booked: Williamson 69 (foul)
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
Newcastle stepped up their claims for a European spot after an inspired
first-half display from Hatem Ben Arfa helped seal victory over West Brom at the
Hawthorns. Ben Arfa scored once himself and set up two more goals for Papiss
Cisse during an opening 45 minutes dominated by Alan Pardew's side. Albion could
only manage a solitary second-half reply from substitute Shane Long as Newcastle
moved level on points with fifth-placed Chelsea and gained revenge for the 3-2
home defeat to Albion earlier in the season. The Magpies have also opened up an
eight-point gap over seventh-placed Liverpool, but suffered a worrying moment 10
minutes from time when Cisse was carried off on a stretcher with an apparent leg
Newcastle dominated the first half and gave the home side a lesson in
expert counter-attacking and clinical finishing. Ben Arfa caused constant
problems with his runs and probing passes, while Cisse has now netted five times
in six games for his new club. Albion seldom fired on all cylinders and looked
like a side already virtually assured of Premier League survival. They improved
after the break but have collected just one point from their last three games.
Newcastle were soon into their stride and Demba Ba forced Baggies goalkeeper Ben
Foster to turn his downward volley over the bar before Cisse put them ahead
after six minutes. Ben Arfa supplied the telling low ball across the six-yard
box and Cisse was left with a simple task to sidefoot home. Newcastle were
seeing plenty of the ball and Ben Arfa doubled their lead after 12 minutes in a
lightning counter-attack. Cisse supplied the telling pass but Ben Arfa still had
plenty of work to do as he cut in from the left and beat the dive of Foster with
a fierce drive into the far corner. Albion tried to retaliate and James Morrison
drilled a half volley wide after being teed up by Keith Andrews. Marc-Antoine
Fortune threatened for the first time when he met a cross from Liam Ridgewell
but his header was a couple of yards wide of the mark. Peter Odemwingie had the
ball in the net after 32 minutes but Fortune had strayed marginally offside.
Then two minutes later Cisse struck again after another swift counter-attack by
the visitors. Demba Ba backheeled the ball into the path of the overlapping Ben
Arfa and his cross picked out Cisse, who made no mistake with a left-footed
Albion needed to strike quickly to have any hope of rescuing the game
and Morrison sliced his shot wide when well placed after Youssouf Mulumbu had
created the opening. Michael Williamson then deflected a fierce drive from
Mulumbu over his own crossbar before Cisse was denied his hat-trick by the alert
Foster after Yohan Cabaye's deflected pass had sent him clear of the Baggies
After 52 minutes a mix-up between Williamson and goalkeeper Tim Krul allowed
Long to nip in and turn the ball into an empty net. Foster then produced an
excellent save to turn aside a low shot from Ben Arfa after a powerful run
before Williamson became the first player to be booked after an aerial challenge
on Long. Albion were looking more dangerous and Ridgewell sliced a shot wide
when well placed. The home side, having already used their three substitutes,
ended the game with 10 men when Morrison hobbled off after a challenge with
Demba Ba with 10 minutes remaining.
From 1998-99, Baggies boss' Steve Clarke was
assistant manager at St James' Park during Ruud Gullit's short-lived reign at
the club. Following the departure of Gullit, Clarke was named caretaker manager
but took charge of just one game, a 5-1 defeat against Manchester United at Old
Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for
both clubs are: Stan Allan, John Anderson, Harry Brown, Franz Carr, Eddie Connelly, 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, 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; 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 was later a coach at The
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS NEWCASTLE UNITED
TEN MATCHES AGAINST NEWCASTLE UNITED
Sun 28 Oct 2012
Lukaku - Ba, Cisse
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
Sat 23 Jan 2010
Olsson, Dorrans 2 (2 pens), Thomas - Carroll 2
Mon 18 Jan 2010
Olsson, Bednar - Guthrie, Lovenkrands
Sat 08 Aug 2009
Martis - Duff
Sat 07 Feb 2009
Fortune 2 - Duff, Lovenkrands, Taylor
Tue 28 Oct 2008
Miller - Barton (pen), Martins