It was inevitable that Newcastle would be unable to sustain their early season form which saw them riding high at the top of the Premier League. The Magpies have struggled to collect points since drawing at Old Trafford, with Alan Pardew’s side having now gone five games without a win.
On another day, they would have beaten Swansea at the weekend, with Michel Vorm in outstanding form for the visitors and United could easily land the three points with a repeat performance on Wednesday night, especially with Demba Ba looking sharp as a tack for the north-east club.
Paddy Power (£100 free bets) offer 10/11 about Newcastle collecting their eighth win of the season, something which would take them to 30 points and close to the stage where they would be safe from relegation this season – despite many tipping them for the drop.
Ba is available at 9/2 to open the scoring against the Baggies and the Senegal forward will want to fill his boots before the African Cup of Nations intervenes in January. Ladbrokes (£50 free betting) go 25/1 about the former West Ham striker landing a hat-trick against a team who have collected more points on the road than The Hawthorns.
The Albion aren’t particularly glamorous although Roy Hodgson is quietly going about his business with the Midlands club and 13th place would represent a decent finish come May. After all, West Brom aren’t blessed with a huge budget although Saturday’s 2-1 win at Blackburn was impressive and you can get 7/2 that they pull off a Christmas cracker by winning at St James’ Park.
Hodgson will consider a point to be a good result ahead of two home matches over the festive period and 5/2 is available about the game ending all square, with No Goalscorer a stand-out 12/1 with Sky Bet.