This is another tough test for Newcastle today at home to West Brom, and it’s never easy to win games in the Premier League, as West Brom found out on Monday night when they were 2-0 up at home to Aston Villa after only 10 minutes, but Villa came storming back in the second half to level the scores.
And how many times are the two halves so different in a Premier League game this season, where one team is on top in the first half and the other side comes storming back in the second – the answer is a lot.
Newcastle will have to combat the quick and skillful Shane Long, who is in top form at the moment for West Brom, and Alan Pardew may want more movement and quickness in central defense than Coloccini and Williamson can provide, so there’s a chance that Yanga-Mbiwa could be drafted back into central defense.
But that’s still a long shot, and we expect Yanga-Mbiwa to be the unlucky one who loses his place from last week, and the Newcastle manager again has a full squad of players from which to choose the side today, so it will be difficult for a number of good players to even make the bench at St. James’ Park today.
And it’s unlikely that the manager will make many changes from the side that did well last Saturday to beat Norwich City 2-1, although we expect French International Mathieu Debuchy to come straight back in at right back after his one game suspension for picking up five yellow cards.
So this is a possible team for today:
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Sissoko Tiote Cabaye Gouffran”Ameonbi (Sh) Remy
Subs: Elliot Yanga-Mbiwa Taylor(S) Anita Ben Arfa Gutierrez Cisse
Let us know what your team would be for today.
And 57% of fans think we can win this game this afternoon and get our 4th win on the trot, and that would likely send us higher than 8th place by tonight.
The keys to the game today are that the defense can be solid and strong at the back, and there were some glimpses of sloppiness at the back against Norwich City, so we’ll need to show some improvement in that area today, against a better West Brom side, or we could be punished for that sloppiness.
And we hope that Loic Remy and Shola Ameobi are again in good form, as they were last week against Norwich City, and maybe Shola could even get his first league goal of the season today – that would be good.
Alan Pardew will have lots of choices from the bench in the second half, depending on how the game is going, and it would be great to see Ben Arfa get a run-out, and maybe even tilt the game Newcastle’s way, with some of that mercurial skill of his.
Quite honestly, we’d be happy enough with a draw today, but Alan and the lads will be going all out to land our 4th league win in a row.
And if the lads can get the job done today, Newcastle fans will be just a little bit higher in orbit tonight.
Another win would simply be unbelievable.
Howay The Lads!!
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