Aleksandar Mitrovic
By Mark Hannen

 

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

The Magpies go into the fixture on the back of a 3-0 defeat at Everton on Wednesday, while Albion secured a 1-1 home draw with Swansea on Tuesday thanks to Salomon Rondon's injury-time equaliser.

When the sides met at the Hawthorns at the end of December, West Brom secured all three points thanks to captain Darren Fletcher's late header.

Follow Saturday's fixture right here on nufc.co.uk for on-the-whistle half-time and full-time reports and exclusive post-match reaction, or live updates on Twitter at @NUFC.

 

STAT ATTACK
Saturday's fixture is the 126th match between the two clubs, and the 120th in the league.


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LAST MEETING
28th December, 2015 - West Brom 1 (Fletcher 78) Newcastle 0

West Brom (4-4-1-1): Boaz Myhill; Craig Dawson, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson (Craig Gardner 18), Jonny Evans; Stephane Sessegnon, Darren Fletcher, Claudio Yacob, Chris Brunt; James Morrison (Saido Berahino 70); Victor Anichebe (Rickie Lambert 88)

Newcastle (4-4-2): Karl Darlow; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul DummettMoussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita (Cheick Tiote 27), Jack Colback (Florian Thauvin 85), Georginio Wijnaldum; Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez (Siem de Jong 72)


FULL RECORD v WEST BROM
P125 W45 D33 L47 F207 A207


FORM GUIDE

(Last six games - all competitions)
Newcastle - LLWDLL
West Brom - DDDWLD


LAST LINE-UP
Newcastle (v Everton, Premier League):
 Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba, Fabricio Coloccini (Jamaal Lascelles 44), Paul Dummett (Rolando Aarons 46); Henri Saivet (Aleksandar Mitrovic 55), Jonjo Shelvey; Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum, Andros Townsend; Ayoze Perez
Subs not used: Karl DarlowSteven Taylor, Yoan Gouffran, Seydou Doumbia

West Brom (v Swansea, Premier League): Ben Foster; Craig Dawson, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Jonny Evans (Craig Gardner 53); Claudio Yacob, Sandro (Victor Anichebe 69); Stephane Sessegnon (Saido Berahino 62), Darren Fletcher, James McClean; Salomon Rondon
Subs not used: Boaz Myhill, James Chester, Alex Pritchard, Rickie Lambert


TOP SCORER
Newcastle -
Georginio Wijnaldum (9)
West Brom -  Saido Berahino (6)


TEAM NEWS
Newcastle - Chancel Mbemba (ankle) and Paul Dummett (hamstring) are both ruled out for the Magpies, having been withdrawn at Everton in midweek. Jamaal Lascelles serves a one-game ban for his sending-off at Goodison Park, so Steven Taylor is in line to make his first appearance since the end of August. Jack Colback (hamstring), Siem de Jong (eye), Ivan Toney (ankle), Kevin Mbabu (thigh), Tim Krul (knee), Massadio Haidara (knee), Vurnon Anita (hamstring), Papiss Cisse (groin) and Gabriel Obertan (hamstring) remain on the treatment table.

West Brom - Defender Jonny Evans is ruled out for a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury that forced him off during Tuesday's draw with Swansea City. Midfielders James Morrison (hamstring), Callum McManaman (ankle) and Chris Brunt (calf) remain sidelined for the Baggies.


A WORD FROM BOTH CAMPS
Steve McClaren, Newcastle head coach: "Everybody can see that the talent is there in the squad but talent isn't everything, you need something else. We also need attitude, character and to hold our nerve but make sure we perform in every game.  The key thing is that we have to pass and keep hold of the ball better, we can't give it away. If you give it away against this West Brom team, they can be dangerous on the counter attack. They've got a lot of good players and are a very good team who work together and they've got a certain style which works."

Tony Pulis, West Brom head coach: "This is a very competitive league and whether you are Newcastle, Sunderland, Aston Villa, West Brom or whoever, it takes no prisoners. If you are not winning games, you will be down there, and that's what is happening (to Newcastle). Everybody in the league is concerned that it turns so quickly, and you have to be spot on every week to get results, irrespective of who you play. Newcastle is a fantastic club and they have spent a lot of money. They will be having a right go and we expect a very tough game. We are missing three or four of our top players but we will go there and give it our best shot."


REFEREE
Lee Mason (Lancashire): 2015/16 record - 21 games, 60 yellow cards, 2 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 have not scored in the opening 15 minutes of a Premier League match this season.