Magpies host the in-form Albion.
Newcastle will be without key man Chieck Tiote for the visit of high-flying West Brom. It’ll be friends reunited at St Jame’s Park, considering that John Carver, Alan Pardew’s assistant, is a good friend of Albion’s Steve Clarke and Kevin Keen, Clarke’s deputy, previously filled the same role under Pardew at West Ham. The Toon have six fewer points than they did last season and will need a win here to avoid being cast adrift from the early pace-setters.
Venue St James’ Park, Sunday 3pm
Last season Newcastle 2 West Brom 3
Referee Chris Foy
This season’s matches 6 Y8, R0, 1.33 cards per game
Odds Newcastle 10-11 West Brom 3-1 Draw 12-5
CaughtOffside Predicted Line-Ups
At least four goals have been scored in six of the last seven league meetings (Premier League and Championship) between the two sides.
West Bromwich Albion’s 3-2 win at St James’ Park was their only victory at the venue in their last 11 league visits.
The last nine matches between these sides in all competitions have seen 40 goals scored and no clean sheets for either team
Newcastle have won just one of their last seven matches with West Brom in all competitions.
Newcastle have won only one of their last seven Premier League games (W1, D4, L2).
However, Alan Pardew’s side have lost just two of their last 14 Premier League home games.
Demba Ba has scored six of Newcastle’s nine league goals so far this season. Hatem Ben Arfa (2) and Yohan Cabaye (1) have scored the others and the prolific Senegalese has scored four goals in three Premier League appearances against Albion.
But his striker partner and compatriot Papiss Cisse has failed to score in nine subsequent league games after finding the net 13 times in his first 13 league appearances.
Newcastle have 10 points from their first eight league games – six fewer than they had at the equivalent stage of last season.
The Baggies are looking for their first Premier League away win of the season and have won only one of their last nine away league games (1-0 at Anfield in April).
They have scored just two away league goals this season, the joint-lowest in the Premier League with West Ham, Aston Villa and Norwich.
Albion have blocked 44 shots this season, more than any other team’s defence.
West Brom have 14 points from their first eight league games – their most at this stage of a top-flight season since 1982-83 when they also had 14.
Albion boss Steve Clarke took charge of Newcastle United for one game as caretaker manager in 1999 – a 5-1 defeat by Manchester United.
James Morrison has scored Albion earliest (4min 53sec) and latest (90min 21 sec) league goals this season.
CaughtOffside Prediction: 1-1. Score draw but we expect a decent match.