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WEST BROMWICH ALBION v NEWCASTLE UNITED
Barclays Premier League
Wednesday 1st January 2014, 3:00pm
The Hawthorns

MATCH NOTES

The game will be the 124th competitive meeting between the two clubs. Albion currently have a very slight edge in terms of victories with 46 compared to United's 45.

Albion have gone nine league games without a win - their longest run without a victory since Spring 2009.

United have more away wins (five) than four of the top five clubs - Manchester City, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool.

The two clubs have met twice previously on New Year's Day - in a Second Division clash at St James' Park in 1948 when the Baggies lost 3-1, and again on Tyneside in 1953 when Albion ran out 5-3 winners thanks to goals from Reg Ryan, George Lee, Johnny Nicholls, Frank Griffin and Ray Barlow.

Albion's game last season on New Year's Day saw them lose 2-1 at home to Fulham. The Baggies have lost their last five games on this date - the club's last win on January 1 came in 2002 when they beat Stockport County 4-0 at The Hawthorns thanks to goals from Danny Dichio (2), Jason Roberts and Andy Johnson.

Newcastle's last game on January 1 took place in 2007 when they drew 2-2 against Manchester United at St James' Park.

The last 12 games between the two sides have seen 47 goals scored - an average of almost four per game.

Albion have kept just two clean sheets against United in the last 28 matches between the sides.

Albion's last six games: West Ham United (A) 3-3; Tottenham Hotspur (A) 1-1; Hull City (H) 1-1; Cardiff City (A) 0-1; Norwich City (H) 0-2; Manchester City (H) 2-3

Newcastle United's last six games: Arsenal (H) 0-1; Stoke City (H) 5-1; Crystal Palace (A) 3-0; Southampton (H) 1-1; Manchester United (A) 1-0; Swansea City (A) 0-3

TEAM NEWS

Albion

French striker Nicolas Anelka is available for selection despite a Football Association investigation into his goal celebration during Saturday's 3-3 draw at West Ham.

Shane Long is back in contention after a calf strain whilst Chris Brunt should also be available after overcoming a back injury.

Victor Anichebe however is once again doubtful with a groin problem.

Squad from: Foster, Myhill, Daniels, Jones, Ridgewell, Olsson, McAuley, Lugano, Brunt, Sessegnon, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Berahino, Yacob, Vydra, Long, Anelka, Morrison, Popov, Dawson, Reid, Sinclair, Gera, Rosenberg.

Newcastle United

United boss Alan Pardew has no injury worries ahead of the game at The Hawthorns and is likely to stick with the side that suffered a narrow defeat to Arsenal at the weekend.

Squad from: Krul, Elliot, Debuchy, Coloccini, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, S. Taylor, Santon, Dummett, Haidara, Tiote, Anita, Cabaye, Marveaux, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Sammy Ameobi, Bigirimana, Obertan, Cisse, Remy, Gouffran, Shola Ameobi.

QUOTES

Baggies' caretaker boss Keith Downing:

“We’ve stopped the rot in terms of four straight defeats but we’re fully aware that draws won’t be enough and we’ve got to make sure we turn them into wins. For me personally it’s been about getting through these games with my reputation still intact and the club slightly recovering. I’d have loved three straight wins - and would have sat here proud. At the moment we’ve turned the corner slowly but there is still a lot of work to be done.

“In the Hull game we didn’t produce in the first half. I think that might have been down to the shock at the start of that week, which I’ve said before, and I think was the case. This time we have to make sure we start well and get the crowd behind us. They’re willing us to do well but equally, if you’re sitting there and the team’s not performing, they’re not going to cheer you - and I understand that. It’s a period of time, going into the second half of the season, where we’ll need all the support we can get. We’ve got a very difficult game against a team that have won seven out of the last ten. But I believe we can turn this little bit of momentum into wins - and that’s the most important thing.

“We played them six weeks ago, so it’s quite a short turnaround since we played them. They’ve got some strengths and we all know about their players, particularly the front part of their team. Cabaye produces defence-splitting passes, they have Sissoko, and the French contingent are a dangerous set of players. Equally we realise we can hurt them in other ways and I think they might have looked at us in recent games and gone ‘they’re starting to pick up a bit of form’. We have to make sure we use our home advantage.

“I want the players to continue the positivity around the place and the support for each other. Everyone is right for each other and their togetherness has been amplified in the last two weeks. So, I want them to continue that positivity and play on the front foot and create chances. We’ve played two up in the recent games and that has given us a little bit more of a threat. I simply want the players to be positive in the game.”

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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew:

“They are usually tight games and it’s difficult at their place. I always feel they score, West Brom, when they are home, so you have got to get two or three goals if you are going to win.

“Actually, if someone had said to me before these two fixtures, ‘Would you take three points?’, I probably would have because they are tough games. We have got a chance of getting those three points and I would be absolutely delighted if we could get three points at West Brom. I would look back on these two games and think, ‘That’s a good result’.

“There are a lot of games to be played between now and the end of May, and we are in great shape. We lost on Sunday, but not in any manner which disturbs me.”

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MATCH ODDS

Result

Albion Win: 6/4, Newcastle United Win: 2/1, Draw: 2/1.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Long 5/1, Anelka 6/1, Anichebe 13/2, Berahino 7/1, Sessegnon 7/1, Vydra 8/1, Brunt 11/, Sinclair 11/1, Gera 12/1, Morrison 14/1, Amalfitano 16/1, Mulumbu 16/1, McAuley 20/1, Yacob 25/1, Dawson 25/1, Jones 33/1, Lugano 33/1, Olsson 33/1.

United: Remy 11/2, Cisse 7/1, Shola Ameobi 7/1, Gouffran 8/1, Cabaye 8/1, Ben Arfa 9/1, Sissoko 12/1, Sammy Ameobi 12/1, Obertan 14/1, Anita 16/1, Gutierrez 20/1, Tiote 25/1, Santon 33/1, Debuchy 33/1.

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REFEREE

Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Mason has officiated one Albion game so far this season - the 1-1 draw with Arsenal at The Hawthorns in October.

He refereed two Albion games last season - both against Swansea City. The Baggies lost 3-1 away in November in South Wales but gained revenge in March with a 2-1 win at The Hawthorns.

The Lancashire official has taken charge of one Newcastle game so far this season - the 2-0 win over Chelsea at St James' Park in November.

Mason has issued 59 yellow cards and one red in the 16 games he has officiated so far this season.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for the game are now sold out.

WEATHER FORECAST

Heavy rain, 8°C

FIXTURE HISTORY

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 United goals.

The Baggies have won just two out of the last 24 league meetings between the clubs.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

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Monday 18 January 2010 - Newcastle United 2-2 Albion - League Championship - St James' Park
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
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


LAST MEETING AT THE HAWTHORNS

Albion 1-1 Newcastle United
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 20th April 2013, 3:00pm

Albion: Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov; Dorrans, Yacob (Long HT), Morrison, Brunt; Fortune (Rosenberg 90), Lukaku (Thomas 90). Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Roofe, Reid, Ridgewell.

Goalscorer: Jones 64

Newcastle United: Elliot; Debuchy, S Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara (Ben Arfa 77); Perch, Cabaye (Gosling 90+2); Gouffran (Shola Ameobi 69), Sissoko, Gutierrez; Cisse. Subs not used: Harper (gk), Williamson, Anita, Campbell.

Goalscorer: Gouffran 8

Booked: Cabaye 86 (ungentlemanly conduct), Sissoko 90+1 (kicking ball away)

Attendance: 25,671

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Newcastle were left to rue a series of missed opportunities as they squandered a chance to pull away from relegation trouble at West Brom. The Magpies dominated the first half of their Barclays Premier League clash at The Hawthorns and deservedly led through Yoan Gouffran's early header. But after Papiss Cisse wasted another gilt-edged opening, the second half was a different story and West Brom hit the bar through Romelu Lukaku before Billy Jones equalised. After that West Brom looked the side most likely to claim a winner and Rob Elliot, in for the injured Tim Krul, made a fine save to deny James Morrison. Newcastle looked a tired side by the end and were obviously frustrated their early superiority had counted for so little.

It was clear by the way they started they wanted to make amends for last week's humiliating derby defeat to Sunderland. They could have had the game won by the break after creating numerous opportunities, many through their lively strike pairing of Cisse and Moussa Sissoko. But all they had to show for their dominance at the interval was Gouffran's eighth-minute effort, which came after a neat pass from Yohan Cabaye and a good cross from Cisse. The opening exchanges had been scrappy but Newcastle had already threatened when Mathieu Debuchy's cross was cleared by Jones. Newcastle pressed for an immediate second and Cabaye shot narrowly over from distance. Jones escaped punishment after catching Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa with his arm and the Baggies had another let-off when Steven Taylor got behind the defence but failed to beat Ben Foster. Cabaye also tested Foster moments later with a well-struck low volley from outside the box, while Sissoko broke clear down the left but his pass back for Cisse was scrambled clear by Jonas Olsson. Sissoko did head on a long ball into Cisse's path soon after but Foster easily saved the Senegal forward's header. Foster then dealt comfortably with a spectacular long-range effort from Cisse but he might have feared the worst as the striker seized on a poor pass by Olsson after 35 minutes. Cisse instinctively clipped the ball over the outrushing keeper but his contact was too strong and a fine chance dipped just over the bar. But there seemed no let-up from Newcastle as Debuchy won the ball in a heavy challenge on Goran Popov and raced forward only to shoot horribly wide. West Brom did manage to piece a good move together in the closing stages of the half but controversy followed as they were awarded a free-kick on right edge of the box. James Perch was ruled to have felled Jones after the referee had consulted his assistant but replays suggested the tackle had been clean - and inside the box. Neither side therefore got the verdict they wanted and it was probably just as well for the officials the hosts completely wasted the opportunity.

Despite that, West Brom were clearly encouraged and returned for the second half a team reinvigorated. Within moments of the restart Marc-Antoine Fortune tested Elliot for the first time with a long-range effort. Elliot failed to grab the shot and was lucky to escape as substitute Shane Long seized possession but shot wide, while Lukaku gave the visitors another warning as he rose highest to head a Chris Brunt corner against the bar. James Morrison shot wide as pressure continued to build and the hosts' good work eventually paid off just after the hour. Morrison and Lukaku combined well before the striker turned in the area and picked out Jones, who coolly slid the ball beyond Elliot with a first-time shot. The game almost turned on its head completely just two minutes later as an unmarked Morrison headed powerfully at goal from a Popov cross but Elliot saved well to his left, while Gareth McAuley won a header from another Brunt corner but failed to hit the target. Newcastle looked a jaded team and could only break the momentum with a speculative attempt from the halfway line by Gouffran which never concerned Foster. West Brom continued to come forward and Lukaku sent over a dangerous-looking cross for Long but the Republic of Ireland international was just unable to reach. The game fizzled out in the closing the stages as Newcastle decided to preserve a point.

Sporting Life

CURRENT CONNECTIONS

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PAST CONNECTIONS

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; 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.

ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS NEWCASTLE UNITED

 VENUE P W D  L F A
 Home 62 29 19 14 120 82
 Away 61 17 13 31 87 126
 Total 123 46 32 45 207 208

LAST TEN MATCHES AGAINST NEWCASTLE UNITED

DATE COMPETITION H/A F-A GOALSCORERS  GATE
Sat 30 Nov 2013 Premier League A 1-2 Brunt - Gouffran, Sissoko  49,298
Sat 20 Apr 2013 Premier League H 1-1 Jones - Gouffran  25,671
Sun 28 Oct 2012 Premier League A 1-2 Lukaku - Ba, Cissé  49,731
Sun 25 Mar 2012 Premier League H 1-3 Long - Cisse 2, Ben Arfa  25,049
Wed 21 Dec 2011 Premier League A 3-2 Odemwingie, McAuley, Scharner - Ba 2  51,060
Sun 22 May 2011 Premier League A 3-3 Tchoyi 3 - S Taylor, Lovenkrands, Olsson (og)  51,678
Sun 05 Dec 2010 Premier League H 3-1 Tchoyi, Odemwingie 2 - Lovenkrands  23,486
Sat 23 Jan 2010 FA Cup H 4-2 Olsson, Dorrans 2 (2 pens), Thomas - Carroll 2  16,102
Mon 18 Jan 2010 Championship A 2-2 Olsson, Bednar - Guthrie, Lovenkrands  39,291
Sat 08 Aug 2009 Championship H 1-1 Martis - Duff  23,502

 

 
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