With Newcastle United assured of safety for another season, they have the opportunity to all but end West Brom’s eight-year stay in the top division with a win. How great would that sound to Wolverhampton Wanderers fans with their team going in the opposite direction?!
It’ll be interesting to see how the Magpies set up. I for one do not want to see them on “holiday mode” as they still have something to play for such as finishing above a former champion for the first time since 2013! (It’s still possible they could finish above Leicester City, provided results swing in their favour).
West Brom, on the other hand, have been dire this season, having only picked up a dreadful four wins all season – which includes a disastrous 10 away points.
The last meeting between the sides came in late November at the Hawthorns. Despite Gary Megson’s (at the time) side going 2-0 up, Rafa Benitez’s side wrestled a point away from home with Ciaran Clark getting on the scoresheet, as well as a Jonny Evans own-goal. Results as such prove why West Brom deserves to go down.
Last time out
Newcastle defeated Arsenal 2-1 at home for the first time since November 2010 to all but guarantee their safety, then saw their winning run come to an end with a 1-0 defeat at Goodison Park, whilst West Brom came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against a Liverpool side who had AS Roma in mind (a draw was FAR from enough if they’re to stay in the top flight)!
Rafa Benitez has implied there may be some changes, but also wants consistency.
He has also stated that his side have to remain organised and has been vocal about the importance of keeping a good balance.
On noting Jamaal Lascelles reaching 100 games, Benitez noted that whilst he’s young and learning, he’s a leader, who has the attributes of being better both on, and off the pitch.
Speaking of Lascelles, Benitez was asked about the chances of both the defender, and Jonjo Shelvey both playing for England. He stated that “it’ll be a prize for them if they went [to Russia]”.
Caretaker manager Darren Moore has plenty to choose from with the likes of Daniel Sturridge, and Nacer Chadli gaining full fitness.
Moore is in buoyant mood following the draw to Liverpool, which he describes as a “wonderful fightback”, and hopes to kick on from that result.
He’s also praised the effort within the club, stating that the collective effort from the club needs to continue.
Newcastle United have a vastly superior home record (won seven, drawn four) in stark contrast to West Broms abysmal away record (won two, drawn four).
For that reason, I’m going for a home win, (just hopeful the Magpies aren’t on holiday mode). As for West Brom, this will be the match where their stay in the Premier League comes to an end as I don’t see them getting anything from this. They might score a goal, but that’s about it.
In order for the Baggies to stay up for another week, they must win and hope other results swing in their favour.
What’s your prediction? Do you think Newcastle United will end West Broms stay in the Premier League? Can West Brom stay alive for another week?
Featured Image credit: JOE89316