As the Premiership season winds down, two clubs meet with very different goals. For Newcastle, the goal is safety, and it's possible that one more win will give them that. For West Bromwich Albion, the goal may be European football next season. Failing that, both teams will be looking to turn around their form. As our Callum Kane notes in his preview of today's match, The Baggies only have two wins in their last six. This has forced them to lose touch with the table leaders. West Brom sit six points back of Liverpool for seventh, and a full 14 points back of Everton for 5th place. So, while European nights may not be in West Brom's immediate future, they'll want to turn their form around.
For Newcastle, it's about turning around their dreadful road form. The Mags have lost four in a row on the road, and have only managed one win away from St. James' Park. A win today would ease relegation fears, and keep out thoughts of what could have been, looking at away draws at Reading, Sunderland and Norwich. NUFC sit on 36 points. A win puts them one shy of the magic "40" number.
13th Place, 10-6-17, 36 Points
Last League Match: Newcastle 0-3 Sunderland
Starting line-up: (4-2-3-1) Elliot; Debuchy, S.Taylor, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara; Perch, Cabaye (c); Gouffran, Sissoko, Gutierrez; Cisse.
Subs: Harper, Williamson, Anita, Gosling, Ben Arfa, Campbell, Shola Ameobi.
West Bromwich Albion
8th Place, 13-5-14, 44 Points
Last League Match: West Brom 1-2 Arsenal
Starting Line-up: (4-4-2) Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov; Dorrans, Yacob, Morrison, Brunt; Fortune, Lukaku.
Subs: Myhill, Ridgewell, Roofe, Rosenberg, Reid, Thomas, Long.
The last time we met: Papiss Cisse does what he does best, scoring in stoppage time to give Newcastle a 2-1 win at St. James' Park. Demba Ba also scored for Newcastle. Romelu Lukaku, the man pictured above, netted West Brom's lone goal.
This fixture last year: Cisse scored a brace and Hatem Ben Arfa also scored, as Newcastle won 3-1. West Brom's goal would be the lone goal conceded by Newcastle in a six match stretch,