NEWCASTLE UNITED v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 30th November 2013,
St James' Park
The game will be the 123rd meeting of the two
clubs. Albion currently have a slight edge in terms of victories with 46
compared to United's 44.
Albion's last game on November 30 took place in
2005 when they lost 3-1 to Manchester United in the Carling Cup 4th round at Old
Trafford. The Baggies' last win on this date came in 2002 when a Danny Dichio
goal gave Gary Megson's men a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough in a Premier League
clash at The Hawthorns.
United's last game on this date came in 2006 when
they played out a goalless draw at Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Cup.
The last 11 games between the two sides have seen
44 goals scored - an average of four per game.
Albion have kept just two clean sheets against United in the last 27 matches
between the sides.
Albion's last six games:
Aston Villa (H) 2-2; Chelsea (A)
2-2; Crystal Palace (H) 2-0; Liverpool (A) 1-4; Stoke City (A) 0-0; Arsenal (H)
Newcastle United's last six games: Norwich City (H) 2-1; Tottenham Hotspur (A)
1-0; Chelsea (H) 2-0; Manchester City (H, LC) 0-2; Sunderland (A) 1-2; Liverpool
Liam Ridgewell (calf) and Billy Jones (hamstring), face late
fitness tests ahead of the trip to St James' Park.
Scott Sinclair and Zoltan Gera both lack match fitness but
could be in contention for a place on the bench.
England goalkeeper Ben Foster
remains out due to his foot injury.
Myhill, Daniels, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Dawson,
Jones, Lugano, Popov, Yacob, Mulumbu, Dorrans, Morrison, Brunt, Amalfitano,
Sinclair, Sessegnon, Berahino, Anichebe, Long, Vydra, Anelka, Rosenberg.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew
should be able to choose from an almost fully-fit squad with full-back Mathieu
Debuchy returning from his one-match suspension and Steven Taylor fit again.
Krul, Elliot, Coloccini, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Taylor,
Santon, Dummett, Tiote, Anita, Cabaye, Marveaux, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi,
Bigirimana, Obertan, Cisse, Remy, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi.
Baggies' boss Steve Clarke:
have done something that's really difficult to do in the Premier League which is
win three games in a row. Any team that manages to do that means their
situation, their feeling about themselves, their position in the league will
change dramatically. It happened to us last year when we managed to string
together four wins in a row which rocketed us up into the top four at one stage.
So if you can put together a run like that then it's good for your confidence
and good for your league position. Newcastle have done that with three really
big results for them, so it's up to us to make sure it doesn't become four big
"It's a great atmosphere up there. I was fortunate enough to
spend two years at
Newcastle, so I know what it is like. It's a city where the football club is the
focus, and the focus is always on the game every weekend. There's a passionate
atmosphere with a big crowd, a big stadium, but we don't go there with any fear,
we don't worry about the atmosphere. We've been there before and handled it,
winning there two years ago. Last year we went up there and played very well. We
were really unlucky to come away with nothing. I was preparing my disappointed
speech to talk about a draw, and I had to change it to talk a disappointed
speech to talk about no points.
"We'll just look to build on what we have been doing
recently, and turn draws into wins. I said before the game against Villa that
after ten, 11, 12 games you start to level out where you are in the league.
Newcastle have done the
difficult part, which is putting together three wins, which is massive because
it's taken them from a position near the bottom to a position near the top. So
they deserve to be where they are, we deserve to be where we are, so our job at
the weekend is to make sure we close the gap."
Albion Win: 3/1, Newcastle United Win: 21/20, Draw:
Anelka 15/2, Anichebe 8/1, Long 8/1, Sessegnon 9/1, Berahino 11/1, Vydra 12/1,
Rosenberg 12/1, Morrison 14/1, Brunt 16/1, Sinclair 16/1, Amalfitano 20/1, Gera
20/1, Mulumbu 25/1, Dawson 25/1, McAuley 25/1, Reid 33/1, Yacob 33/1, Jones
United: Remy 9/2, Shola Ameobi 6/1, Cisse 13/1, Ben
Arfa 8/1, Gouffran 8/1, Cabaye 8/1, Sissoko 12/1, Sammy Ameobi 12/1, Obertan
16/1, Tiote 25/1, Gutierrez 25/1, Anita 25/1, Debuchy 33/1, Santon 33/1.
Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)
Dowd has officiated one Albion game so far this
season - the 3-0 win over Sunderland at The Hawthorns in September.
He refereed three Albion games last season -
The 3-0 win against Liverpool at The Hawthorns on the opening day of the
campaign, the goalless draw at home to West Ham in December and the 1-0 defeat
away at Manchester City in May.
The Staffordshire official has taken charge of two
Newcastle games so far this season - the 0-0 draw at home to West Ham United in
August and the 3-2 defeat at Everton in September.
Dowd has issued 49 yellow cards and one red in the
twelve games he has officiated so far this season.
Tickets are no longer available to away supporters.
Partly cloudy, 4°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 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 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
LAST LEAGUE MEETING AT ST JAMES' PARK
United 2-1 Albion
Barclays Premier League
Sunday 28th October 2012,
Krul; Simpson (Cisse
61), Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Ben Arfa, Perch, Cabaye, Gutierrez; Shola
Ameobi (Obertan 61), Ba (Sammy Ameobi 73). Subs not used: Harper (gk),
Ferguson, Taylor, Anita.
Goalscorers: Ba 35, Cisse 93
Perch 44 (foul), Cabaye 68
(foul), Gutierrez 77 (foul)
Foster; Tamas, McAuley,
Olsson, Ridgewell; Mulumbu, Morrison; Odemwingie, Gera (Popov 88), Dorrans
(Rosenberg 71); Lukaku (Long 65). Subs not used: L Daniels (gk); Fortune,
El Ghanassy, Jara Reyes.
Goalscorer: Lukaku 55
Mulumbu 50 (foul), Ridgewell 52 (foul)
Attendance: 49,731 (1,400 Albion fans)
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
Papiss Cisse deflected home a fortunate injury-time winner
for Newcastle as Alan
Pardew's men recovered from Romelu Lukaku's equaliser for
West Brom to grab a 2-1 victory at St James' Park. Substitute Sammy
Ameobi struck a left-foot shot from the edge of the box which took a heavy
deflection off the back of Cisse and was cruelly diverted past Baggies keeper
Ben Foster to seal the home side's win. Demba Ba had netted his seventh goal in
nine starts to give the Magpies a 35th-minute lead, but the dangerous Lukaku
looked to have snatched the visitors a point when he headed home a Zoltan Gera
cross 10 minutes into the second half.
The Baggies, clearly not lacking confidence despite their
defeat to Manchester
last weekend, had showed their attacking intentions from the start with Lukaku
looking particularly lively down the left.
But the home side had the first real chance in the 14th
minute when Shola Amoebi - who had been preferred to Cisse in the starting
line-up - dug out a deep cross from the right which found Ba unmarked to flash a
close-range header inches wide. Ba had an ambitious penalty appeal turned down
after tangling in the box with Albion captain Jonas Olsson two minutes later,
and as the home side began to dominate possession Davide Santon brought a fine
save out of Ben Foster with a long-range drive. But the visitors had a fantastic
chance to go ahead in the 26th minute when Graham Dorrans charged over the
halfway line on a swift counter-attack and fed Lukaku, who was clean through on
goal but saw his left-foot shot flapped out for a corner by the advancing Tim
Krul. Ameobi blazed a 32nd-minute chance into the upper tier before the hosts
finally broke the deadlock three minutes later, Ameobi flicking a long Krul
goal-kick into the box where Gareth McAuley made a mess of things and let Ba nip
in to prod his seventh goal in nine starts past Foster. Lukaku had another
superb chance five minutes before the break when he was put through by Youssouf
Mulumbu, but once again could find no way past the impressive Krul.
After a slow start to the second half, Lukaku finally got the
goal his performance deserved in the 55th minute when he squeezed in between
Santon and Fabricio Coloccini to nod home a Zoltan Gera cross from close range.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew responded by making a double substitution, bolstering
his forward line with the introduction of Cisse for the tiring Ameobi, while
Gabriel Obertan replaced Danny Simpson. Clarke, meanwhile, made a surprising
change with the increasingly dangerous Lukaku hauled off and replaced by fellow
striker Shane Long, which appeared to have the adverse effect of bringing an
abrupt end to the visitors' best spell of the game. Ba hobbled off on 72 minutes
to be replaced by Sammy Ameobi, and shortly afterwards Albion came close when
Mulumbu shot down the left flank and set up a shooting chance for Markus
Rosenborg, who hesitated for too long on the edge of the box. But the Baggies
had regained their composure and began to put the hosts under real pressure,
only Krul's alertness preventing the busy Rosenborg getting the vital touch on a
deep cross by Long from the right flank. Rosenborg was again unfortunate not to
reach a cross from the left by Gabriel Tamas while at the other end a cross by
Gabriel Obertan was too strong for Cisse, who could get no direction on it in
front of goal. But just when it looked like the Baggies had secured the point
their performance deserved, Ameobi tried his luck from the edge of the box and
Cisse diverted home the winner to keep
Newcastle's fine home record on
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; 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.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS NEWCASTLE UNITED
TEN MATCHES AGAINST NEWCASTLE UNITED
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
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