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Newcastle v Albion match preview

27 April 2018

ALBION travel up to the north east this Saturday to take on Newcastle United at St James’ Park (ko 3pm).

The opposition 

Newcastle currently sit 10th in the Premier League table, having accumulated 41 points from their 34 games so far this season.

Rafa Benitez’s side have won four of their last five matches and all but secured safety with a 2-1 triumph over Arsenal the weekend before last.

Their most recent outing, however, was a 1-0 defeat at Everton on Monday night.

Last time out

Our last meeting with Newcastle was a 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns under Gary Megson’s temporary charge back in November.

The game saw strikes from Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field put Albion two ahead before Ciaran Clark’s header and a Jonny Evans own goal meant the points were shared.

Field hammers home his first Baggies goal 

Stats

Albion

  • Darren Moore continued his unbeaten start as Albion boss with the draw against Liverpool (P3, W1, D2).
  • Jake Livermore scored his first goal for the Club in what was his 50th appearance in all competitions last weekend.
  • The Baggies have won five, drawn five and lost five of their last 15 games against Newcastle.

Newcastle

  • United need just one more point to be mathematically safe from relegation.
  • Benitez took charge of his 100th game as Newcastle manager in their last match at Everton.
  • The Magpies are in with a chance of finishing in the top 10 of the PL for the first time since the 2013/14 season.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from the 1-0 win over Newcastle in December 2015...

Head to head 

The overall head-to-head record sees Albion just about come out on top.

Of the 127 matches that have been played, Albion have won 47 times, there have been 34 draws and Newcastle have been victorious on 46 occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Saturday’s game is David Coote, and he’ll be assisted by Lee Betts and Andy Halliday - with Martin Atkinson as the fourth official.

This fixture will be the first time that Coote has refereed in the Premier League this season.

Ticket news

Tickets for the game are SOLD OUT.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Newcastle is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to free live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. Join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Saturday.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

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Match Reports

Newcastle United 0 Albion 1

28 April 2018

MATT Phillips fired Albion to a 1-0 victory at Newcastle United and extended Darren Moore's unbeaten run to four matches.

Phillips smashed home the only goal of the game in the 29th minute, his third of the season, to seal all three Premier League points.

Ben Foster made a superb reaction save to tip Dwight Gayle's point-blank header on to the crossbar while Kenedy also struck a post for the Magpies but the Baggies stood firm to record their first success at St James' Park since 2011.

The Tyneside triumph comes on the back of the club's win at Manchester United and draws against Liverpool and Swansea City under Moore, who took charge of first-team affairs at the start of April.

It means Albion are now five points behind fourth-bottom Swansea, who host Chelsea on Saturday evening, with two matches remaining.

Mooro kept faith with the same starting XI for a fourth fixture in succession.

James McClean flashed an early effort across the face of goal before Gayle forced Foster into a low save at the other end.

Both sides continued to probe and it was Albion who broke the deadlock just before the half-hour mark.

Jake Livermore sent the ball through to Phillips, in space on the right side of the penalty area, and he took a touch before drilling home past Martin Dubravka.

The Magpies came close to a quick response when Kenedy beat the offside trap but saw his deft finish clip the outside of a post.

And Albion were indebted to Foster for a superb save on the stroke of half-time to maintain their advantage.

Mohamed Diame saw his effort deflect off target for a corner, from which Foster showed incredible reflexes to somehow palm Gayle's header on to the crossbar.

The Baggies, donning their change green shirt, got into promising positions through Jay Rodriguez and Salomon Rondon after the restart but could not test Dubravka.

The hosts pushed for a second-half leveller, applying plenty of pressure in the closing stages, but Albion were not seriously troubled and remained strong to record victory and claim the spoils.

ALBION: Foster, Nyom, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs, Phillips, Brunt (c), Livermore, McClean (Evans 90), Rodriguez (Krychowiak 77), Rondon (Robson-Kanu 94).

Subs: Myhill, Yacob, Burke, Sturridge.

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