Facts and figures for New Year's Day clash with the Magpies
WITH three successive draws, Albion have turned things round to some extent of late as they look for a New Year’s Day win against Newcastle (ko 3pm).
Here, the guys at football statistics website WhoScored.com crunch the numbers ahead of the clash.
Once again for this Albion team, scoring goals was not the issue at Upton Park on Saturday. The Baggies hit three past a determined and usually solid Hammers backline.
In doing so they are one of only six visiting Barclays Premier League teams to manage to score at all on West Ham soil this season, and also followed in the footsteps of Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea in netting three goals there.
Saido Berahino was again impressive up front and went close to winning it late on, exhibiting his incredible technical ability with a sumptuously-hit free-kick that rattled the woodwork as the game entered its final ten minutes.
Albion now host a Magpies side who have performed way above expectations this season, and are currently occupying the eighth place the Baggies finished in last term.
Despite recent form, this Albion side are certainly capable of performing to that level, and this game will be a tight affair.
The Baggies have the slight edge in recent meetings between the teams at The Hawthorns, winning two and drawing two of the last five.
Goals have been a consistent feature, with both teams scoring in each of the last 12 clashes, and a total of 47 netted - that's an average of 3.9 per game.
With the attacking talent at Albion's disposal at present, more goals should certainly be expected this time around.
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All-time results record (League, FA Cup and League Cup)
In the 15 Barclays Premier League ties between the two sides 49 goals have been scored - an average of 3.46 per game - with neither club recording a clean sheet in the past 11 meetings in all competitions.
Saturday will mark the 116th league meeting between the two teams with Newcastle recording 43 wins, to Albion’s 40, with 32 draws.
Victor Anichebe has scored more Barclays Premier League goals against Newcastle than any other team (four).
Papiss Cisse has netted three goals in his last four games against Albion.
The Baggies have conceded first in each of their last seven matches.
Albion have not won in nine top-flight fixtures - their longest run without a victory in the Premier League since 2009.
Newcastle have not drawn an away game this season (W5, L4).
Last time out
HOME: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, April 20, 2013 - Albion 1 (Jones 64) Newcastle 1 (Gouffran 8)
AWAY: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, November 30, 2013 - Newcastle 2 (Gouffran 36, Sissoko 57) Albion 1 (Brunt 53)
Form guide (last six league matches)
Last league match line-ups
Albion (v West Ham - away D 3-3): Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Lugano (Amalfitano 68), Ridgewell; Morrison (Yacob 78), Mulumbu, Brunt (c); Anelka; Berahino (Sessegnon 85). Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Vydra, Dawson, Sinclair.
Newcastle (v Arsenal home L 0-1): Krul; Debuchy, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Anita (Shola Ameobi 74), Tiote, Cabaye; Sissoko (Haidara 79), Remy, Gouffran (Ben Arfa 62) Subs not used: Elliot (gk), Haidara, Yanga-Mbiwa, Sammy Ameobi, Cisse.
Newcastle team news
Alan Pardew has no fresh injury worries ahead of tomorrow's game.
Lee Mason will referee Wednesday's game. The Lancashire official last oversaw the Baggies in October's 1-1 home draw with Arsenal. Mason has dished out 59 yellow and one red card in 16 games this term.
Selected odds from Sky Bet:
Albion to win: 11/8
Newcastle to win: 19/10
Saido Berahino to score first: 13/2
Papiss Cisse to score first: 13/2
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