Kick-off: 1500, 12/12/2020
Stadium: St James’ Park
TV: Sky Sports
West Brom will be keen to bounce back from their second-half collapse against Crystal Palace when visiting Newcastle in the Premier League.
Albion may be helped by the Magpies having an interrupted preparation, with last week’s trip to Aston Villa cancelled due to coronavirus issues.
Let’s go with 23/10 for a St James’ Park stalemate as our first Newcastle vs West Brom prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle’s form has been up and down this season but they picked up a positive result when winning 2-0 away to Palace last time out.
Late goals from Callum Wilson and Joelinton decided what had been a very tight tussle at Selhurst Park.
Steve Bruce paid tribute to Wilson, who struck his seventh goal for the club since a summer switch from Bournemouth.
The manager said: “We have a goalscorer and when he gets through with an opportunity, all of us are saying goal.
“Also, the way he is as a boy, he is a team player, so I am delighted for him.
“He has had a really, really good start and they were a handful, him and Joe, and we got our reward in the end.”
However, that was a game low on quality and United must now recover from a period of inactivity which saw the Villa game postponed and their training ground closed.
That could contribute towards a cagey start to this contest and 31/20 for no goals to be scored in the first half appeals from the Newcastle vs West Brom odds.
Last Newcastle line-up: Darlow, Clark, Lewis, Fernandez, Manquillo, Shelvey, Hendrick, Almiron, Longstaff, Joelinton, Wilson.
Bruce will be without “a big chunk” of first-team regulars but would not reveal the identities of the players affected. Matt Ritchie could be pushing for a recall after returning to the bench at Palace following a shoulder injury.
A Look At West Bromwich Albion’s Betting Odds
West Brom boss Slaven Bilic will be looking for a response to his side’s 5-1 drubbing by Palace at The Hawthorns.
Conor Gallagher cancelled out Darnell Furlong’s early own goal on the half-hour mark but the dismissal of Matheus Pereira soon after proved the catalyst for Albion’s demise.
That left the Baggies second from bottom, but defender Semi Ajayi insists they have to quickly move on.
“We can’t let a result like this derail our season,” he told the club website. “We will work hard to improve and hopefully we will be a lot stronger next week.
“I think it was a very even game before the red card. If anything, I thought we were edging it.
“Going down to 10 men changed things massively, but I don’t think it should’ve had as much of an effect on our performance as it did.
“We need to put this result behind us, because there’s a lot more to play for this season.”
Albion had shown some encouraging signs in previous weeks, being competitive in narrow losses to Tottenham and Manchester United before beating Sheffield United 1-0.
The Baggies have drawn against Chelsea, Burnley and Brighton this term, so we’re hoping they don’t now suffer from a loss of confidence.
Punters can get 18/5 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time at St James’ Park and that is our final Newcastle vs West Brom prediction.
Last West Brom line-up: Johnstone, Furlong, Bartley, Ajayi, Ivanovic, Phillips, Diangana, Gallagher, Sawyers, Pereira, Grant.
Pereira begins a three-match suspension following an unsuccessful appeal over his red card last week. Skipper Jake Livermore is available to return after a positive coronavirus test.
Crystal Palace 0-2 NEWCASTLE – Callum Wilson, Joelinton
WEST BROM 1-5 Crystal Palace – Conor Gallagher
Head-to-head: West Brom 2-3 Newcastle, Newcastle 0-1 West Brom, West Brom 2-2 Newcastle
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