West Brom v Newcastle: Clean-sheet vacuum to again harm Baggies

Boaz Myhill has struggled for clean sheets following a bright start to 2015/16
Boaz Myhill has struggled for clean sheets following a bright start to 2015/16

West Brom's reappearance in the Premier League relegation battle can be traced to their reduced shutout strike rate..

"Newcastle have shut out a mere one of their last past six hosts, but have at least fired in four of their previous five on the road."

Back both teams to score @ 2.0621/20

West Brom 2.245/4 v Newcastle 3.8514/5; The Draw 3.3512/5
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West Brom

It is difficult to figure out whether West Brom fans should be upbeat or alarmed at the moment. On one hand, despite not performing particularly impressively, there hasn't been any time since August in which they have appeared to be at serious risk of being protagonists in the relegation skirmish.

However, on the flip side, their brightest run of the campaign - in which they beat Arsenal and held West Ham, Tottenham and Liverpool, fizzled out into defeats to lowly Bournemouth and Swansea teams and, while they remain fairly comfortable in 13th, the gap to 18th is suddenly only three points.

They have a few selection issues to digest too with Ben Foster still injured and James McClean and Solomon Rondon suspended. Rickie Lambert was afforded his first Premier League start since September 12 in the latter's place at Swansea, but failed to mark the occasion with a goal.


Newcastle

After spending the majority of 2015/16 in the drop zone, Newcastle seemed to finally transform their season with successive victories over Liverpool and Tottenham yet, like rivals Sunderland, they have learnt that escaping the bottom three and staying out of there are two very different things.

A draw with bottom club Aston Villa followed by a 1-0 loss to Everton so similar to many of their early displays under Steve McClaren, in which they were seen to have played encouragingly without quite getting what they deserved, have left them in 18th place, below Norwich on goal difference.

Still, they are a single win away from pulling level with their 13th-placed opponents, though that challenge is complicated by the division's longest injury list, featuring the likes of Tim Krul, Steven Taylor, Massadio Haidara, Gabriel Obertan, Rolando Aarons and Papiss Cisse among many others.


Match Odds

West Brom look like more of a lay than a back in their billing as 2.245/4 favourites. Aston Villa alone have a worse home record than the Baggies' P9 W2 D2 L5 and Tony Pulis' men are often at their most vulnerable against the least intimidating guests. They have lost two out of three against sides below them and have conquered just one team from beyond the top eight as hosts this term.

Newcastle have plenty of happy memories of The Hawthorns ahead of their latest collision with adversaries who were both relegated with them in 2008/09 and restored to the top flight at the first try a year later, prevailing on two of their last four trips there and drawing another. The Magpies also arrive in the midlands fresh from triumphs in two of their most recent three away days.


Both Teams to Score

One of the most concerning trends for West Brom is where their clean-sheet form at the beginning of the season disappeared to, as an inexplicably high six in the opening ten games made way for a most un-Pulis sequence of no noughts in eight since.

Newcastle have shut out a mere one of their last past six hosts, but have at least fired in four of their previous five on the road, pointing to both sides to score as a shrewd investment at 2.0621/20. Thirteen of these clubs' last 15 meetings saw both defences being breached.


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