West Brom are a very good looking side under manager Roberto Di Mateo, and are one of the three promoted sides who seem to have revitalized the Premier League this season.
Joey Barton at West Ham – returns on Sunday
In a season which is more competitive than for many many years, West Brom, Blackpool and Newcastle United have been like a breath of fresh air to the Premiership, with their attacking play, good football and positive approach.
And that positive outlook has brought all three clubs some surprise and excellent results this season.
Newcastle put in a solid display against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, and it was very much like the last home game, when we drew 0-0 with Fulham, but were the better side in that game, but just couldn’t get the winner.
Of course the game in between those two was a disaster, and it’s Newcastle’s inconsistency that makes it difficult to predict the game at West Brom on Sunday afternoon.
West Brom have been good this season, but it may that they have been better away from home than at The Hawthorns, and if Newcastle can put in another solid performance in defense on Sunday, then we must stand a chance of winning the game.
The team would almost seem to pick itself, and we think there will be one change from the side that played so well at Chelsea – with the returning Joey Barton replacing Danny Guthrie in central midfield.
Our central midfielders of Cheick Tiote and Joey Barton, are probably the best two we have, with Nolan missing out through injury to his ankle.
This is the team we expect Chris to start on Sunday in a 4-4-2 formation:
Simpson Taylor (S) Campbell Enrique
Routledge Tiote Barton (c) Gutierrez
We have Joey as captain, and that may not happen and Shola Ameobi will probably keep the captaincy, in the absence of both Nolan and Alan Smith.
The big key to the game for Newcastle is to put in a solid defensive performance, and with the experience of Sol Campbell and Steven Taylor in central defense, and Simpson and Enrique both in very good form, that could well happen.
Then it will be up to Andy Carroll and Shola Ameobi to get some goals up front, and with Joey Barton returning what are the chances of Newcastle scoring when Andy heads in a Barton cross? High we hope.
Certainly Chris Hughton will be looking for the win on Sunday, because we haven’t won since we got all 3 points at Arsenal a full five games ago.
Let us know what Newcastle team you would start on Sunday.
Comments very welcome.