West Brom v Newcastle betting preview

Two English managers will shake hands before and after this match, with both Roy Hodgson and Alan Pardew being touted as manager of the national team despite Harry Redknapp being the overwhelming favourite to replace Fabio Capello

West Brom v Newcastle United latest odds and free bets

Two English managers will shake hands before and after this match, with both Roy Hodgson and Alan Pardew being touted as manager of the national team despite Harry Redknapp being the overwhelming favourite to replace Fabio Capello.

Hodgson in particular seems like a good fit to be manager of the Three Lions and he’s done pretty well with West Brom since replacing Roberto di Matteo, although the Baggies have been somewhat awkward at The Hawthorns this season.

Just four victories have been achieved in 14 home games although two of these did occur recently when Sunderland were put to the sword before Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat saw Andre Villas-Boas lose his job. Another win for West Brom is available at odds of 11/8 (Paddy Power £100 free bets).

Albion did win at St James’ Park in December and it appears as though Shane Long will lead the line once again, with the Republic of Ireland international hoping to finish the season with a goal rush which will book his place in the Euro 2012 squad.

Long is a 13/2 chance (Boylesports bookmaker) to score the first goal of the game, with Peter Odemwingie likely to be a thorn in the side of the Newcastle defence if the Nigerian is passed fit to play.

Newcastle ended a run of four games without a win when beating Norwich City last weekend and the Magpies will now look to cement sixth place in the Premier League and ensure they reach the Europa League at the expense of Liverpool.

The visitors are a 21/10 chance (bet365) to win at The Hawthorns and they have the Senegalese pairing of Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse to score goals for them, something which could just give them the edge in this contest.

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