After their entire squad had to self-isolate last week, Newcastle United have had to wait to see if they could extend a sequence of either conceding or scoring exactly twice in four consecutive Premier League (PL) fixtures (W2, L2). They’ve scored ten (83.33%) out of 12 league goals this term after HT, seven (70%) of those coming after the 75th minute. Starting well could be key: winning four games after netting first (L1), they’ve recovered just two points after conceding the opener (D2, L3).
The ‘Magpies’ have alternated between wins and losses at home in the league this term (W2, L3) and haven’t yet kept a PL clean sheet here. Four (80%) of those fixtures produced over 2.5 goals and only one (20%) was goalless at HT. What’s more, they’ve conceded five (71.43%) out of seven second-half league goals at St James’ Park after the 80th minute.
With one league win (D3, L7), West Bromwich Albion have struggled this season, evidenced most recently during their 5-1 hammering by Crystal Palace (December 6). That saw them concede 3+ goals for the fourth time this PL campaign, meaning they’ve leaked a league-high average of 2.09 goals per league game (ahead of the round).
While they’ve kept it tight on the road – their last four PL games each featured under 2.5 goals – the ‘Baggies’ await a first league triumph away from the West Midlands (D1, L4). Interestingly, none of the last eight PL H2Hs here were decided by more than a one-goal margin (West Brom: W2, D2, L4).
Tipsters have booked Newcastle for the win given their superior form this season and Betpay has odds of 2.65 for that.
Newcastle 2-0 West Brom