Rafael Benitez’ men suffered a humbling defeat at home to Watford this weekend, and will be looking to bounce back in a quick turnaround against West Brom Tuesday night.
The impressive Watford stunned the home crowd at St James’ Park, dominating a less than impressive Newcastle side smashing three goals past them with relative ease.
Benitez will be hoping for a strong response from his team after a run of four straight defeats when they travel to the Hawthorn’s tomorrow, but the Champions League winning manager will be without some of his key players for this one.
Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles and winger Christian Atsu are both prolonged injury concerns and Paul Dummett remains a doubt also. However after seeing out his one-match suspension Isaac Hayden is likely to return to the Newcastle starting XI.
Fellow strugglers and manager less West Brom will be looking to build on their 1-1 draw against Premier League high-flyers Tottenham this past weekend. The Baggies are currently one point out of the relegation zone, having only won two of their 13 Premier League games this season.
This game could potentially be Gary Megson’s last as caretaker manager of the Baggies before the appointment of a long-term manager. However expect a positive display from a West Brom team who will be looking to impress a potential new manager that they deserve a place in the starting XI.
West Brom captain Jonny Evans and centre back pairing Ahmed Hegazy can expect a very physical encounter against Newcastle’s Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. And with the Serbian being notoriously bad tempered, the Baggies duo will no doubt be looking to get under the forward’s skin to unsettle his performance.
After the weekends promising draw at Wembley, it is likely Gary Megson will go with two up top, with Jay Rodriguez and Solomon Rondon who caused arguably the Premier Leagues best defence all kinds of problems on Saturday afternoon.
Furthermore with Newcastle evidently lacking in confidence as of late, and a West Brom side coming off the back of an impressive result at Tottenham, with the backing of the Hawthorns, this match-up couldn’t have come at a better time for the Baggies. The hostile and loyal support for the home side may just be the remedy that sees them through this encounter.
West Brom’s predicted XI: Foster, Nydom, Hegazy, Evans, Gibbs, Phillips, Barry, Livermore, Field, Rodriguez and Rondon.
Newcastle United’s predicted XI: Elliott, Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark, Manquillo, Murphy, Shelvey, Hayden, Ritchie, Diame and Mitrovic.
Predicted score – West Brom 2-1 Newcastle.