West Brom vs Newcastle – Premier League preview and team news

West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United will both be keen to continue their impressive recent form when they meet on Sunday at the Hawthorns.

Alan Irvine has now guided his Albion side to only one defeat in six Premier League outings, and they earned their third win in that period last time out at Midlands rivals Leicester City thanks to fortunate own goal.

Despite that slice of luck, they were comfortable in defence throughout, and are now beginning to suggest that they could be a much more competitive outfit in the Premier League than they were last season.

All of a sudden, Newcastle are a team playing with confidence again, and in their last match against Liverpool, they never looked in any danger of conceding a goal and were delighted when Ayoze Perez scored his second goal in as many games to extend the club’s winning run in all competitions to four matches.

This form has – for now – silenced the criticism aimed towards manager Alan Pardew, and if they can go undefeated here, the Magpies will enter the upcoming international in much happier spirits than they did the last.

Jonas Olsson and Silvestre Varela will not play a part for West Brom despite returning to training. Craig Gardner misses out after picking up five yellow cards.

Newcastle have doubts over Rolando Aarons and Papiss Cisse, and will be without Gabriel Obertan and Cheick Tiote through injury.

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