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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(43) 27 Goals 27 (50)
(24) 9 Assists 18 (36)
(6.6) 6.9 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.6)
32.5 Average Age 34.3
183.5 Average Height (cm) 184.7
(1.1) 1.3 Shots pg 0.9 (0.9)
(49%) 55% Aerial Duel Success 54% (51%)
(0.9) 0.8 Dribbles pg 0.4 (0.4)
(1.5) 1.3 Tackles pg 1.5 (1.7)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Premier League.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Ryan Taylor Out 6.51
Dan Gosling Out 6.07
Robert Elliot Out 6.32
Haris Vuckic Out N/A
Cheick Tioté Out 6.85
Player Reason Status Rating
Boaz Myhill Out 6.81
Jerome Thomas Out 6.3
Billy Jones Doubtful 6.78
Chris Brunt Doubtful 6.83
Steven Reid Doubtful 6.73

Team News

  • Cheik Tiote was sent off in the Tyne-Wear derby and faces a three-match suspension as a result.
  • His dismissal led to an unhappy Shola Ameobi being sacrificed and Pardew may well feel that the Geordie striker deserves another chance ahead of Papiss Cisse.
  • Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini both returned to start last week and though the latter picked up a knock he is fit to play, with Steven Taylor likely to have to be patient due to the form of Michael Williamson.
  • Peter Odemwingie and Zoltan Gera will hope to regain their places on the wings ahead of Dorrans and Fortune, with Brunt still likely to be sidelined with a hamstring injury.
  • Despite another bright cameo performance, Romelu Lukaku is unlikely to take Shane Long's place up front after the Irishman netted what looked likely to be a winner against Man City.
  • Gabriel Tamas should keep his place at right back with both Reid and Jones set to continue to miss out through injury.


  • Traditionally this fixture has been an absolute goal fest with both sides on the scoresheet in each of their previous 9 encounters in all competitions, over which time there has been an average of 4.3 goals per game.
  • Somewhat surprisingly, West Brom have been the more clinical this season, netting 12 times, with a huge burden left on Demba Ba's shoulders to come up with the goods thus far for The Magpies.
  • Defensively these teams have improved markedly in recent seasons, so the goals may be harder to come by for the sides than we have come to expect when the two meet, but both teams look likely to score this weekend.
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