West Brom v Newcastle Sun 16:00
Taking just five points from a last possible 15, Newcastle United will be hoping to change their luck for the better this weekend when they travel to the Hawthorns at long long odds on offer with Ladbrokes to take on West Bromwich Albion.
The Magpies haven’t quite replicated their form from the first half of the season since the New Year, just about grinding out wins over Aston Villa and Norwich City.
That being said, the results are invaluable nonetheless and a European qualification spot is still a realistic target for Alan Pardew’s sides.
Newcastle currently sit in sixth spot and are just seven points off fourth placed Tottenham Hotspur.
When considering the complacency of Spurs and Chelsea in recent weeks, a top four finish is certainly attainable for Newcastle but Roy Hodgson’s Baggies will be hoping to spoil their parade this weekend with a mid-table finish firmly fixed in their sights.
West Brom are without a win in their last two league fixtures but remain the Premier League’s fifth best side in terms of form having won three of their last six matches, drawing one and losing two others.
Surprisingly, it has been the away form of the West Midlands outfit that has put them in their current position with their home performances proving to be less impressive.
The Albion have the third worst home attack in the English top flight and have instead left it to their away performances to boost their goal difference.
However, West Brom have won their last two fixtures at the Hawthorns, beating Chelsea and Sunderland 1-0 and 4-0 respectively and will be hoping to extend that tally to three games on Sunday.
Alan Pardew will be pleased to welcome Cheick Tioté back into the fold this weekend after the Ivorian spent time out with a thigh injury, however Ryan Taylor is expected to remain sidelined.
Roy Hodgson appears to have nobody to play this weekend and it recently became apparent that Chris Brunt is likely to miss out this weekend through illness.