Well-rested Newcastle United take to the field for the first time in over two weeks, with West Bromwich Albion visiting St. James’ Park this Saturday.
West Bromwich Albion will look to escape the bottom three when they head to the North East this Saturday, but they meet a Magpies side who are looking for consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since football resumed in June.
Newcastle’s last league fixture against Aston Villa was postponed due to an increase in COVID-19 cases at the club’s training ground, so Steve Bruce’s side is offered another challenge from the West Midlands to notch up consecutive Premier League wins.
Slaven Bilic’s Baggies battled to a crucial 1-0 win over Sheffield United a fortnight ago, but were brought crashing back down to earth with a heavy 5-1 drubbing at home to Crystal Palace last time out.
West Brom did win their last game at St. James’ Park, with a solitary strike from Matt Phillips providing the edge over Newcastle, but their form on the road this season has been poor, winning just one of the fifteen points available to them.
Newcastle’s enforced break may well work in their favour with Ryan Fraser, Jamaal Lascelles, Allan Saint-Maximin and Andy Carroll all set to return to contention.
Kieran Gibbs and Jake Livermore could return for the visitors, but the suspended Matheus Pereira serves the first of a three match ban for his dismissal against Crystal Palace.