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Saturday, 20 April 2013

West Brom v Newcastle United: Can Pardew grab a priceless win at the Hawthorns?


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Newcastle United suffered a humiliating defeat at home to their bitter rivals Sunderland last Sunday and Alan Pardew will be keen to give the travelling Toon Army something to cheer this afternoon. But West Brom will be wanting revenge for their last-minute defeat at St James' Park in November.

Previous meetings between these two have produced a glut of goals. In fact you have to go back to 2006 for the last time either side failed to score in this fixture, so it should feature highly on Match of the Day tonight.

Newcastle fans were so enraged by being beaten at home by Sunderland that one of them punched a horse on the nose. Now I'm not condoning the violence that followed that game at all but that's how much that defeat meant to them. The Geordies have only managed one away win all season though and, along with Norwich City and Aston Villa, have conceded the most goals (35) on their travels in the league this season. Fortunately for Newcastle though, that away win came in the Midlands against Aston Villa, so maybe the air down there will benefit them.

The Baggies have enjoyed a great season although five defeats in 10 have taken the gloss off Steve Clarke's debut season in charge. However, victory today would put them within three points of Liverpool with a game in hand. What an acheivement that would be for Clarke to finish above the team he left last summer.

We expect goals in this game but with Newcastle firmly back in the relegation picture it will be a tense day for the visitors, but can they grab a priceless win at the Hawthorns?

West Brom v Newcastle United; Kick Off 3pm April 20 2013

Prediction Panel                   

Arsenal

Josh Ben Moshe

2

V

0

Aston Villa

Frank Pattison

2

V

0

Chelsea

Apoorva Ankur

1

V

2

Everton

Chris Goodwin

1

V

2

Fulham

Neil Springate

0

V

0

Liverpool

Dave Disciascio

3

V

1

Man City

Callum Rothwell

2

V

2

Man United

Peter Johnstone

2

V

1

Newcastle

Greg Hall

1

V

3

Norwich

Sue Read

1

V

1

QPR

John Jaycock

2

V

1

Reading

Jon Keen

3

V

1

Southampton

Andy Saunders

3

V

0

Stoke City

Peter Holland

2

V

1

Sunderland

Tony Ratton

1

V

2

Swansea

Jim Barry

2

V

0

Spurs

Adam Crawford

2

V

1

West Brom

Andy Wakeman

2

V

0

West Ham

Matt Beeby

2

V

0

Wigan

Jimmy Shine

1

V

0

 

 

 

 

 

OUR EXPERTS

 

 

 

 

Writer

Colin Illingworth

3

V

2

Writer

Steve Coulter

2

V

0

Writer

Hugh Larkin

2

V

2

Writer

Mitch Waddon

1

V

0

Writer

Chris Pettitt

1

V

1

Writer

Sarshar Hosseinnia    

2

V    

1

Blackburn fan

Terry Kennedy

TBA    

V

TBA

Bolton fan

David Blackburn

2

V

1

Boro fan

Sue Gardener

1

V

3

Pompey fan

Dan Taylor

3

V

2

Pompey fan

Peter Rendle

2

V

1

West Ham fan

Nigel Telfer

2

V

1

Wolves fan

Chris Cox

1

V

1

Editor

Antony Melvin

2

V

1

Panel Verdict

Home win.

Home: 22; Draw: 6; Away: 5. TBA 1.

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