Papiss Cisse

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Match Preview

 

Newcastle United entertain West Bromwich Albion at St. James' Park on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League (3pm kick-off).

The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of a Europa League victory over Brugge on Thursday night, while West Brom's last outing was last weekend, when they suffered a home defeat against Manchester City.

When the sides met last season it was honours even, as the Baggies triumphed on Tyneside just before Christmas, but United got their revenge in March with a comfortable victory at the Hawthorns.

 

STAT ATTACK
Sunday's match is the 119th meeting between the two clubs and the 113th in the league, with United one league win ahead of the Baggies. Newcastle need one more goal to reach 200 against Albion in all competitions.


TICKET NEWS
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LAST MEETING
25th March, 2012 - West Bromwich Albion 1 (Long 52) Newcastle 3 (Cisse 6, 34; Ben Arfa 12)

West Bromwich Albion (4-5-1): Ben Foster; Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; Peter Odemwingie, Youssouf Mulumbu (Paul Scharner 74), James Morrison, Keith Andrews (Shane Long 46), Jerome Thomas (Chris Brunt 46); Marc-Antoine Fortune

Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (Davide Santon 46), James Perch; Danny Guthrie, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Hatem Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 75), Papiss Cisse (Shane Ferguson 79), Demba Ba


FULL RECORD v WEST BROMWICH ALBION
P118 W42 D31 L45 F199 A201


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - WDLWDL
West Bromwich Albion - LWDLWL


LAST LINE-UP
Newcastle (v Club Brugge, Europa League):
Steve Harper; Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, James Perch, Shane Ferguson (Yohan Cabaye 81); Gael Bigirimana, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita (Shola Ameobi 46); Gabriel Obertan, Papiss Cisse, Sammy Ameobi (Fabricio Coloccini 73)
Not used: Tim Krul, Hatem Ben Arfa, Adam Campbell, Demba Ba

West Bromwich Albion (v Manchester City, Premier League): Ben Foster; Gabriel Tamas, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; Youssouf Mulumbu, Claudio Yacob; Marc-Antoine Fortune, James Morrison (Zoltan Gera 72), Graham Dorrans (Peter Odemwingie 64); Shane Long (Romelu Lukaku 82)
Not used: Luke Daniels, Gonzalo Jara Reyes, Goran Popov, Markus Rosenberg


TEAM NEWS
Newcastle - Cheick Tiote begins a three-game ban following his red card at Sunderland last weekend. Newcastle will also be without goalkeeper Rob Elliot (groin), defender Ryan Taylor (knee) and midfielders Haris Vuckic (knee) and Dan Gosling (ankle).

West Bromwich Albion - The Baggies have been boosted by returns to training for goalkeeper Boaz Myhill (wrist), full-back Billy Jones (back) and wingers Jerome Thomas (knee) and Chris Brunt (hamstring). Central midfielder Claudio Yacob is doubtful with a hamstring strain, while defender Steven Reid (hamstring) remains sidelined.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager:
"We need to play well on Sunday because West Brom are going to be a tough cookie. They have started the season exceptionally well and will be looking to continue that good start against us, so we have to be on our guard because they will come here with renewed vigour."

Steve Clarke, West Bromwich Albion manager: "We have to forget about last week and attack the difficult game we've got on Sunday. But Albion won at Newcastle last season and we will look to continue that. The players who played last year will know they are capable of going up there and getting a good result for the club."


REFEREE
Chris Foy (Lancashire) - 2012/13 record: 8 games, 11 yellow cards, no red cards


PLAYED FOR BOTH TEAMS
Wayne Fereday, Ruel Fox, Andy Hunt, Mick Martin, David Mills, George Reilly, Colin Suggett, John Trewick


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DID YOU KNOW?
West Bromwich Albion are yet to win this season when the opposition has scored first.