Hatem Ben Arfa

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Newcastle United travel to the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon to take on West Bromwich Albion in the Barclays Premier League (3pm kick-off).

Manager Alan Pardew will be hoping for a return to winning ways following his side's Tyne-Wear derby defeat at the hands of local rivals Sunderland last weekend.

However, opponents the Baggies have gone a fortnight without a fixture, last playing in a 2-1 home defeat by Arsenal at the start of April.

When the sides met earlier in the season, a fortunate last-minute Papiss Cisse strike secured all three points for the Magpies, after Romelu Lukaku had cancelled out Demba Ba's opener.

 

STAT ATTACK
Saturday's match is the 120th meeting between the two clubs and the 114th in the league. It is also United's 50th game of the season.


TICKET NEWS
Newcastle's allocation for this match has sold out.


LAST MEETING
October 28th, 2012 - Newcastle 2 (Ba 35, Cisse 90) West Brom 1 (Lukaku 55)

Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Papiss Cisse 61), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, James Perch, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez; Shola Ameobi (Gabriel Obertan 61) Demba Ba (Sammy Ameobi 73)

West Brom (4-2-3-1): Ben Foster; Gabriel Tamas, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; Youssouf Mulumbu, James Morrison; Peter Odemwingie, Zoltan Gera (Goran Popov 88), Graham Dorrans (Markus Rosenberg 72); Romelu Lukaku (Shane Long 65)


FULL RECORD v WEST BROM
P119 W43 D31 L45 F201 A202


FORM GUIDE
(Last six games - all competitions)

West Brom - LLDWLW
Newcastle - LDWLLL


LAST LINE-UP
West Brom (v Arsenal, Premier League): Ben Foster; Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; Claudio Yacob, James Morrison; Jerome Thomas (Markus Rosenberg 62), Graham Dorrans (Romelu Lukaku 62), Chris Brunt; Shane Long
Not used: Boaz Myhill, Goran Popov, Gabriel Tamas, Isaiah Brown, Marc-Antoine Fortune

Newcastle (v Sunderland, Premier League): Tim Krul (Rob Elliot 57); Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Jonas Gutierrez; Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (Hatem Ben Arfa 63); Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran (Shola Ameobi 46); Papiss Cisse 
Not used: Massadio Haidara, James Perch, Vurnon Anita, Adam Campbell


TEAM NEWS
West Brom:
Defender Liam Ridgwell is expected to return from a groin complaint, but the Baggies will have to do without Peter Odemwingie, George Thorne and Zoltan Gera, who are all suffering from knee injuries.


Newcastle: Cheick Tiote is a major doubt for the Magpies with a hamstring injury, while Sylvain Marveaux (groin), Tim Krul (shoulder), Fabricio Coloccini (back), Davide Santon (hamstring), Haris Vuckic (knee) and Ryan Taylor (knee) are all sidelined.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Steve Clarke, West Brom head coach: "The players are desperate to put the two defeats they've just had out the way and get back to picking up more points for the club. Hopefully Newcastle will feel that. Newcastle should be wound up as well after a bad reverse last week in the derby game, so it should be an interesting fixture."

Alan Pardew, Newcastle manager: "We've worked hard on the team this week and are looking forward to Saturday. The players know they carry the responsibility of this Club in the last five games of the season to get some good results. Steve Clarke has done a great job at West Brom in his first season as a manager, but we need to give a much better showing (than last weekend) and hopefully we will do that."


REFEREE
Mike Jones (Cheshire): 2012/13 record - 29 games, 83 yellow cards, 3 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?
There will be a minute's applause before kick-off on Saturday at the Hawthorns to honour former West Brom kitman Dave Matthews, who worked at the club for 51 years and passed away last weekend.