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Newcastle could continue their climb up the table with a win over the Baggies.

Stopping this man will be key if the Mags are to escape the Hawthorne's
Stopping this man will be key if the Mags are to escape the Hawthorne's
David Rogers

It will be a mid-table clash at the Hawthornes when Newcastle pays a visit to West Brom on Sunday. The two teams are tied with 13 points, but (surprise, surprside) the Baggies have a superior goal differential (it's zero) and are one spot ahead on the table over the Mags.

Both teams are coming off of wins. West Brom earned a 1-0 win over Leicester City last week. Before that, the Baggies had gotten consecutive 2-2 draws against Crystal Palace and Manchester United. West Brom have scored 13 goals on the season and have scored in six successive matches. Saido Berahino has been West Brom's best scorer, with seven goals. Six of those have come at home. Defensively, West Brom has posted four clean sheets this year, including a 1-0 win over Spurs. West Brom doesn't score a lot, but they seem pretty stingy. The Toon Army won't be able to jeer at former Sunderland man Craig Gardner, as the mid-fielder is suspended. The Baggies will also likely be without the services of Silverste Varela, who has a calf injury, and Jonas Olsson, who has calf injury.

Newcastle meanwhile has posted three clean sheets, including last week's 1-0 win over Liverpool. The Newcastle back line has been suspect at times, but has played better as of late, giving up only one game during the current three game winning streak. Meanwhile, scoring has largely happened by committee. Papiss Cisse leads the way with four goals, but after that Ayoze Perez has two and five other players have one goal. Cisse and Cheick Tiote are listed as doubtful, according to the Guardian. The Mags also have injuries from Davide Santon (knee), Gabriel Obertan (thigh/hip) and Siem de Jong (thigh).

Something to maybe look for, according to the Premier League website, West Brom has given up a number of goals from distance this year, so look for Newcastle to maybe test their range.

For American audiences, the match begins at 8:30 am, Eastern time.