Newcastle will be aiming to keep their top four ambitions alive this weekend when they travel to face a confident West Brom side on Sunday afternoon, but at odds of 11/10, Roy Hodgeson’s men are sure to see plenty of interest from punters after some impressive performances at home.
Going into this weekend, Alan Pardew’s men are seven points adrift of Tottenham in 4th position, so they cannot afford to drop too many points between now and the end of the season. In fact, they need a very positive run to finish the campaign.
After all, it would be extremely disappointing considering the season they have had if their form faded in the final few weeks. Many will argue that they deserve a top six finish at the very least.
With this in mind, the victory over Norwich City last weekend – their first since 5th February – was very important indeed. They will now hope they can go on an unbeaten run, starting with a victory at the Hawthorns this weekend.
Looking at their away form in recent weeks, it hasn’t been particularly encouraging with four defeats in their last five games on the road. They have conceded five goals at Fulham and Tottenham in this sequence too.
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As for West Brom, they may have lost to Manchester United and drawn with Wigan in their last two games, but there is no doubt that they are enjoying themselves right now. Prior to the defeat at Old Trafford, they had won three games in succession, scoring 10 goals in the process.
This included a valuable 1-0 victory over Manchester City in their last home game. Their form in front of their home fans has been good in recent weeks too with successive victories on home soil.
This is in stark contrast to the previous 12 home games in the league, during which they only secured two victories. Roy Hodgson will hope that the most recent form is a pattern that remains in the remainder of the campaign.
Overall, this is an extremely tough game to call. When the two teams met earlier this season, West Brom managed a 3-2 victory and a similarly entertaining game can be expected from 4pm on Sunday.