Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion Preview 28 October 2012

Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion

Former Newcastle assistant manager Steve Clarke returns to his former club when West Brom visit St James’ Park.
Both sides will be looking to take all three points as neither have won in the league in four games.
After amassing an impressive 14 points from their first seven games, West Brom came crashing back to earth last week, going down to a late Edin Dzeko brace. Steve Clarke’s men will be hoping to return to winning ways at Newcastle where they have enjoyed a good record of late.
Newcastle, on the other hand, will be looking to avenge Demba Ba’s late own goal in the Wear-Tyne derby.
The Magpies warmed up for Sunday’s game with a comfortable 1-0 win over Club Brugge in the Europa league, resting many first team players in the process.
A victory over West Brom, one of only three teams to beat them at home last season, would complete a good week for Newcastle. West Brom have only kept one clean sheet in their last 20 away Premier League matches
However, The Baggies are unbeaten in their last three trips to St James’ Park, but Demba Ba has netted four times in three appearances against West Brom.
Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tioté will miss the game as he starts a three-match ban.
The Ivory Coast international is suspended after being sent off during the first half of last weekend’s 1-1 derby draw at Sunderland.
However, Alan Pardew is likely to restore most of the men he left out of the starting line-for the Brugge game with Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Shola Ameobi and Demba Ba all rested.
West Brom, meanwhile, will check on the fitness of midfielder Claudio Yacob before finalising their side at St James’ Park.
The Argentina international suffered a hamstring injury during last weekend’s home reversal against Manchester City.
Captain Chris Brunt and right-back Billy Jones have resumed training and could be in contention.

Betting: Home Evens, Away 13-5, Draw 23-10.

    Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle United 21st October 2012

    A Demba Ba own goal saw Sunderland claim a share of the derby day spoils at the Stadium of Light.
    The Newcastle United striker diverted an effort from John O’Shea past Tim Krul late in a fiercely-contested Wear-Tyne derby to cancel out Yohan Cabaye’s early opener.
    The game itself however, was overshadowed by a red card shown to Newcastle’s Cheik Tiote which left The Magpies having to play over an hour with 10 men.
    Referee Martin Atkinson, dismissed the Ivorian international after a late challenge on Steven Fletcher.
    Pardew named fit-again Fabricio Coloccini and Tim Krul, but Steven Taylor, also available again after recovering from injury, had to be content with a place on the bench.
    Up front, derby talisman Shola Ameobi – who has netted seven goals in fixtures between the two sides – was handed a start ahead of Papiss Cisse.
    And Newcastle got off to the best possible start with Yohan Cabaye opening the scoring in the third minute with a simple finish after Simon Mignolet could only parry an effort from Ba into his path.
    The goal quietened the home support, who had raucously welcomed their team on to the field and mercilessly taunted Steven Taylor, who had suggested no Sunderland player would get into Newcastle’s starting XI on the eve of the game.

    Alleged chanting of “We wish you were dead” marred what was a fantastic atmosphere.
    United had the better of a high-tempo opening period, with Pardew’s side the more composed on the ball and in control of the black cats, limiting them to few efforts on Krul’s goal.
    Cabaye forced a save out of Mignolet with a 30-yard free-kick in the 21st minute, and the game started to swing from end-to-end.
    The half’s biggest talking came when Tiote was dismissed by Atkinson for a crude challenge on Fletcher. A fraction of a second before he clattered the striker, Atkinson had blown the whistle for a foul in his favour.
    Newcastle’s players protested the decision, believing the tackle had deserved no more than a yellow card.
    Tiote’s dismissal left United to play 65 minutes with 10 men, and Pardew withdrew Ameobi who stormed straight down the tunnel.
    Tiote will now miss the games against West Bromwich Albion, Liverpool and West Ham through suspension.
    James Perch stepped into the breach with minimal fuss, performing admirably as Newcastle made it to half time with their slender lead intact.
    Sunderland were frustrated by a dogged and determined United as they attempted to make their extra man count early in the second half.
    Newcastle were on the back foot for large spells, but O’Neill’s side were struggling to turn their possession into clear-cut chances.
    When Pardew’s side broke forward, they were outnumbered, and Ba was cut an isolated figure up front on his own, with his team-mates forced to defend deeply, and in numbers.
    Pardew sent on Taylor in place of Coloccini – who looked to be suffering from cramp – in the 80th minute.
    When the equaliser came, it was cruel on United, with Ba accidentally putting a John O’Shea header from a Sebastian Larsson corner past a helpless Krul.
    Newcastle withstood a late onslaught from Sunderland to take a hard-earned point back to Tyneside.

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      Sunderland AFC V Newcastle United Betting Preview

      Sunday sees Newcastle United travel to a sold out Stadium of Light in what will be the 147th Tyne-Wear derby.
      In what is bound to be a heated encounter, Newcastle are looking to win for the second year in a row on Wearside, after beating the black cats 1-0 thanks to a Ryan Taylor Free-kick last August.
      Sunderland, on the other hand, will be looking to avenge Shola Ameobi’s injury-time equaliser at St. James’ Park in March.
      From the previous 146 meetings, Newcastle have the edge over their neighbours with 53 wins compared to the 45 wins amassed by Sunderland, there have been 48 draws.
      The Black Cats face an uphill task as United have lost just once on Wearside in the last 15 games, a run that stretches back to their Division Two loss at Roker Park in April 1980.
      Sunderland’s solitary win came in 2008, as goals from Djibril Cissé and Keiron Richardson sealed a 2-1 win for Roy Keane’s side.
      The home side are missing Phil Bardsley, Wes Brown and James McClean through injury, while club captain Lee Cattermole is suspended after picking up a red card in the Capital One Cup.
      The Magpies have Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling and Haris Vuckic missing from their ranks, but Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini and Tim Krul could return.
      News on the fitness of Shane Ferguson is awaited after he withdrew from the Northern Ireland squad with a hip problem while Yohan Cabaye played the full game for France against Spain on Tuesday to confirm his recovery after recent reported stomach problems.
      Martin Atkinson has been given the huge responsibility of refereeing the game. The Yorkshireman has failed to produce a red card in his last 12 games; it would be no surprise if this came to an end on Sunday.
      The game will be aired live on SkySports1 from 1pm.

      Selected Match Odds

      Sunderland 6/4
      Draw 23/10
      Newcastle 15/8
      First scorer-
      Fletcher 5/1
      BA 6/1
      Cissé 6/1
      Saha 11/2
      Sessegnon 13/2
      Ben Arfa 9/1
      Source: odds checker