Magpies (H) Lørdag 07 feb 09

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PREMIER LEAGUE
Venue: The Hawthorns Date: Saturday, 7 February Kick-off: 1500 GMT
Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC WM 95.6FM & highlights on Match of the Day

 


Argentinian winger Juan Carlos Menseguez could make his debut for West Brom after signing on deadline day.

Striker Jay Simpson is a fitness doubt and Gianni Zuiverloon is suspended, but James Morrison should be fit to play.

Newcastle could welcome back Obafemi Martins, Mark Viduka and Alan Smith as they are all back in training, while Ryan Taylor may make his Magpies debut.

However, Jonas Gutierrez is suspended and Fabricio Coloccini and Andy Carroll (both ankle) are injury doubts.

 


 

West Brom (from): Carson, Kiely, Hoefkens, Pele, Donk, Meite, Robinson, Cech, Morrison, Koren, Brunt, Do-Heon, Bednar, Simpson, Fortune, Valero, Beattie, Moore, Menseguez, Hodgkiss, Teixeira.

Newcastle (from): Harper, Forster, Krul, Enrique, Bassong, Coloccini, S Taylor, R Taylor, Edgar, Duff, Nolan, Lovenkrands, Geremi, Smith, Martins, Viduka, Ameobi, Carroll, Xisco, LuaLua, Ranger.

 


West Brom manager Tony Mowbray:
"At the moment we seem to be making a decent fist of it and making a good fight of it.

"Let's hope we can come out on top and Newcastle can be another scalp for us, like Tottenham, Man City and Middlesbrough in recent weeks.

"We're happy enough to be going into this game knowing if we win we can jump above Newcastle.

"We'll then wait and see what the other results bring at the weekend. But there won't be any parties being thrown if we're off bottom but still in bottom three."

Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear:
"West Brom are a good footballing side and I think it will be a decent game.

"We have to try to find the sort of performance we did down at Portsmouth when we won 3-0.

"It would be a massive boost to get maximum points. Hopefully then we'd have a platform to build on to reach that target of 38 to 40 points which I believe will keep us in the league."

 

 

BIG-MATCH FACTS

Two clubs far from relegation trouble meet at the Hawthorns in an archetypal six-pointer.

West Bromwich Albion must take to the field four days after the humiliation of becoming Burnley's fifth Premier League victims in cup competition this season. The Baggies lost Tuesday's FA Cup fourth round replay 3-1, at Turf moor.

Albion are the Premier League's most frequent losers (14 games), and in Newcastle, they face one of the most infrequent winners (five matches).

The Magpies, at 15th in the table, are only two points better off than their bottom-placed opponents.

Tony Mowbray's West Midlands club have conceded twice as many league goals than they have scored; 22 for, 44 against.

Newcastle have not won a Premier League game in the Midlands for two years.

The Tyneside club have only dropped four Premier League points out of 21 against the Baggies.

Distance between the clubs: 212 miles (342 kilometres)

 

CLUB FORM

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

 

20th 22 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's matches: 14th
Lowest could fall: 20th

 

1. Not won in four league and cup games.

2. Own a 25% winning record in the Premier League under Tony Mowbray; six of 24.

3. Completed 21 top-flight games since a goalless draw; the most recent being away to Bolton on 30 August.

4. Followed their biggest win of the season (3-0 over Middlesbrough on 17 January) with their biggest defeat in the next and most recent fixture at the Hawthorns (0-5 to Manchester United on 27 January).

5. The heavy defeat to the league leaders followed three successive Premier League victories on home turf.

 


 

NEWCASTLE UNITED

 

15th 24 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's matches: 12th
Lowest could fall: 20th

 

1. Pressing for a first win in seven Premier League matches.

2. Picked up two points out of 18, since beating Tottenham 2-1 at St James' Park on 21 December.

3. Third bottom on the Premier League's "Last Six Current Form" table, with two points. Only Portsmouth and Hull, one point each, are below them.

4. Boast the sharpest attack in the bottom nine; 30 goals scored in 24 matches.

5. On their lowest ever points tally after the first 24 games of a Premier League season, and three points down on this same stage last season.

6. Lost the last three away league games, against Wigan, Blackburn and Manchester City.

7. Picked up one win in 15 top-flight matches on the road, bridging last season; that victory being 0-3 against Portsmouth on 14 December.

8. Had eight penalties scored against them in this top-flight season; more than double any other club.

 

KEY PLAYER NOTES

WEST BROMWICH ALBION

 

Scott CARSON is the only remaining player to have been on the field for every minute of every one of West Brom's Premier League matches this season.

If on the field from the outset:-

Carl HOEFKENS will be making his 150th start for an English club (Stoke and West Brom).

Luke MOORE will be making his 50th career league start (Aston Villa, Wycombe and West Brom).

 


 

NEWCASTLE UNITED

 

Fabricio COLOCCINI is the only remaining player to have started every one of Newcastle's Premier League matches this season.

If on the field from the outset:-

New signing Ryan TAYLOR will be making his 150th career league start (Tranmere and Wigan).

Suspended:-

Jonas GUTIERREZ (one match)

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Newcastle have not lost a Premier League match at the Hawthorns; drawn two, won one - in that order.

Home and away
League (inc PL): WBA 38 wins, Newcastle 39, Draws 28
Prem: WBA 0 wins, Newcastle 5, Draws 2

at WBA only
League (inc PL): WBA 24 wins, Newcastle 11, Draws 17
Prem: WBA 0 wins, Newcastle 1, Draws 2

 

THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE

Newcastle United 2-1 West Bromwich Albion
29 October 2008 - Ref: Mike Dean
Newcastle scorers: Barton 10 pen, Martins 42
WBA scorer: Miller 65

 

REFEREE

Chris Foy (St Helens, Merseyside)