West Brom vs Newcastle – Match Preview

It’s another important game for Newcastle today at West Brom,  and hopefully we can make amends for losing at St. James’ Park 3-2 in December.

It seems that Cheick Tiote will definitely miss this game, and others still injured at Newcastle for this game include Ryan Taylor, Sammy Ameobi, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best,  Steven Taylor and Sylvain Marveaux.

Newcastle hope to have Ryan Taylor back for the Liverpool game next Sunday afternoon – and hopefully Cheick Tiote too.

West Brom is always a tough game, and especially since in their last two home games they have beaten Sunderland 4-0 and Chelsea 1-0 – so they look to be in form.

However they have 22 points on the road and only 16 points at home in the league, so generally this season the Potters have been a better road team than a home side.

With James Perch being the Man of the Match last Sunday against Norwich in defensive midfield, substituting for Tiote, we think Alan Pardew will again start James there today.

And that’s especially after he was also good in the second half at Blackburn in the same position, when we won 2-0 at Ewood Park.

Left back will be a question mark as Alan  Pardew started Jonas Gutierrez there last Sunday, but his presence on the left wing was missed because of it.

James Perch played at left-back in the second half at Arsenal in place of Davide Santon and did quite well, but we’ll  plump for Davide Santon coming back in at left-back today.

And who will get the second central midfield spot is a good question, as Cabaye and Guthrie are both available to play attacking midfield, but we’ll go for Cabaye,  and Guthrie could start on the bench, unless he replaces Ben Arfa on the right wing.

This is the side we think Alan Pardew will field this afternoon at The Hawthorns:

Simpson Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Ben Arfa Cabaye Perch Gutierrez
Ba Cisse
Subs: Elliot Ferguson Guthrie Gosling Vuckic Obertan Ameobi (Sh)

We’re assuming Gabby Obertan is fit to play.

For West Brom, the  bad news for us in that Peter Odemwingie returns to the side , but Chris Brunt and Graham Dorrans are out, which is good news – for Newcastle.

Speaking on the West Brom web-site yesterday, manager Roy Hodgson has this to say about injuries:

“Andrews, Morrison and Odemwingie are fine.” “Which is the good news.” ‘We have lost Graham Dorrans unfortunately.”

“He injured his hamstring, and it made itself ‘felt’ again. Brunt’s down with tonsillitis at the moment, Marton Fulop is still recovering from chicken pox.”

In the game on December 21st,  West Brom’s game plan seemed to work to perfection, as they continually caught Newcastle short at the back, and the pacey Shane Long caused all kinds of trouble with our back four.

We lacked height at the back in that game,  with Coloccini and Perch being the two central defenders, but we have Mike Williamson back in defense since that game.

The keys to the game for Newcastle are that we put in another solid performance in defense, and hopefully we can get our second clean sheet in a  row,  and the 11th of the season.

And we have to hope that James Perch again has a good game today in defensive midfield, and that our two top strikers – Papiss Cosse and Demba  Ba – can get the goals.

Certainly we are  expecting Demba Ba to score at least one today.

We’d be happy enough with a point today, but we should be going all out for a win in every one of the remaining 9 games of the season.

A win this afternoon  would be fantastic,  and would put Newcastle joint 5th in the league with Chelsea on 50 points.

Howay The Lads!!

13 comments so far

  • GeordieGesus

    Mar 25, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #1

    From last post.

    Although the clocks going forward has knocked my internal clock It means we have an hour less to wait for the game I’m going 0-2 Ba and Cabeye to score. HWTL

  • Dennis Twice

    Mar 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #2

    2-3 Dennis said it

  • GeordieGesus

    Mar 25, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #3

    “so generally this season the Potters have been a better road team than a home side.”

    I thought Stoke were known as the Potters?

  • geordiehammer

    Mar 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #4

    think you mean the baggies!

  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 25, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #5

    westbrom 2 -0 newcastle.

  • oo aa demba ba

    Mar 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Just a quick point Ed: West Brom are the Baggies, Stoke are the Potters.

    Also, i’d like to see gutierrez at the back again in order to counter what will obviously be long balls up to Long and Odemwingie to use their pace to latch on to. WIlliamson and Coloccini (and Perch if he’s in the holding role) need to win the big headers but if not the full backs have to be there, and unfortunately Santon’s often left out of position as he bombs forward without swiftly getting back.

    I also hope Ben Arfa stays in the team as we have lacked a cutting edge the last few games, particularly last match where we were still pretty much dominated by a team we should be playing off rhe park.

    With the players we have then we should be comfortable in passing it around with patient build up play when needed but also to take the pressure off in constantly being on the back foot and defending like we have been.

    Arsenal first half we had the right idea going forward, Cabaye, Tiote, Ba, Ben Arfa and Obertan (yes even Obertan) passed it around wonderfully without lumping it up and thats what led to our goal.

    My team for today:


    Simpson, Williamson, Colo, Gutierrez

    Ben Arfa Cabaye Tiote (or Perch if not fit), Obertan

    Ba Cisse

  • rich_toonfan

    Mar 25, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Why do people say we should be playing teams off the park? the standard of teams in the league is good, even bottom sides have some quality in the team, all teams have a minimum of 2 or 3 players that can influence a game.

    Remember Norwich were unlucky not to take anything off man utd home and away, took a points off chelsea….they are not a push over.

    People need to realise we have no right to dominate games when we had so many changes to our team this season. It takes time for players to gel and the manager to get them playing how he wants.

  • lesh

    Mar 25, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Anyone found a stream for the match?

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Mar 25, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #9

    James Perch sometimes is playing well in defensive midfield against lesser teams. I consider WBA a lesser team so he might come out good today. Perch is dangerous in the middle of the park against teams like Man City.

  • oo aa demba ba

    Mar 25, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #10

    Rich toon:

    We were dominated against wolves after being 2-0 up which in my eyes OS completely unacceptable, especially when considering the amount of goals they’ve shipped in since.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 25, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #11

    I thought Jonas was man of the match against Norwich?

    Anyway for ones this season I don’t think Pardew will go for a 4-4-2 as Ed posted. I think Pardew will go for one of his own versions of 4-5-1 or 4-3-3 depending on how you look at it.

    Difficult game, I just hope Pardew doesn’t screw it up 😉

  • Brutooon

    Mar 25, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Trust me, James Perch as a DEFENDER is a worst choice.

    James Perch as a midfield YES he is ok, but as a defender he is DISASTER !!!!!!!!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Mar 25, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #13

    Damn, we looking good today on most parts!

    I am really pleased. Thank you Pardew for listening 😉 lol


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