Newcastle continues searching for back to back wins for the first time this season as they welcome West Brom this weekend. The match schedules for Saturday at St. James Park with kickoff at 12 pm.
The game was given the green light to occur despite a recent coronavirus outbreak in the Newcastle camp. The results saw their previous match with Aston Villa postponed.
There was a reported increase in the Covid-19 cases in the Newcastle camp in their training ground earlier this month. However, their facilities were opened earlier this week after things returned to normalcy.
Before the coronavirus outbreak, the home side came off a well-earned 2-0 win against Crystal Palace with Callum Wilson and Joelinton scoring late to secure a four league win this season for the Magpies. However, the side has not won any successive league games since football resumed in June.
West Brom got off to a far worse start to their Premier League campaign. The Baggies managed to only collect six points from their first 11 to find themselves struggling with the 19th spot in the table.
Slaven Bilic’s men fought off a big 1-0 win over basement boys Sheffield United a fortnight ago. The side followed with a 5-1 thrashing by Crystal Palace with Matheus Perriera shown the red card.
Newcastle United vs. West Brom Head to Head
Both sides have 21 games against each other, with Newcastle taking home nine wins while West Brom with six wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Crystal Palace 0-2 Newcastle
Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea
Southampton 2-0 Newcastle
Newcastle 2-1 Everton
Wolves 1-1 Newcastle
West Brom 1-5 Crystal Palace
West Brom 1-0 Sheffield United
Man United 1-0 West Brom
West Brom 0-1 Tottenham
Fulham 2-0 West Brom
Newcastle United Team News
Newcastle United are yet to release the full list of players who have tested positive for coronavirus. The one-week rest might have been a blessing in disguise with the return of Ryan Fraser, Andy Caroll, Jamaal Lascelles, and Saint-Maximin. Callum Wilson is currently in form while netting seven goals and two assists.
West Brom Team News
Even though Perrerira’s red card seemed a bit harsh, the Football Association was upheld, meaning the three-match ban stands. Conor Townsend could be unavailable due to a knee problem while Kieran Gibbs is involved after recovering from an injury.
Prediction and Odds
We expect a hard knock fight with both sides failing to register back to back wins in the Premier League.
Correct Score: 1-0
Goals Under 1.5