With Bruce’s men likely to set themselves up defensively against the Baggies, Al Hain-Cole doesn’t expect an end-to-end FA Cup clash at the Hawthorns
An FA Cup upset could well be on the cards when West Bromwich Albion welcome Newcastle United to the Hawthorns on Tuesday.
Slaven Bilic’s team is riding high at the top of the Championship and have already seen off Premier League opposition this season by winning away at West Ham in the last round.
West Brom vs Newcastle Latest Odds
Having come out on top in three of the previous four FA Cup meetings with this opposition, they are 31/20 (2.55) favourites with bet365 to emerge victorious once more.
The Magpies’ 3-2 extra-time victory over Oxford United in the last round remains their only win in seven fixtures, and they are slight 7/4 (2.75) outsiders to book their place in the next round.
The sides shared a 2-2 draw when they last met at this ground back in 2017 and can be backed at 9/4 (3.25) to cancel each other out yet again here.
West Brom vs Newcastle Team News
Gareth Barry and Kieran Gibbs remain short of full fitness despite returning to training, while Grady Diangana and Nathan Ferguson are both still ruled out.
Jetro Willems, Ciaran Clarke, Paul Dummett, Andy Carroll are all still on the sidelines, although Emil Krafth and Christian Atsu could be back in contention.
West Brom vs Newcastle Preview
As well as the only victory in seven games, the Oxford match actually provided Steve Bruce’s men with their only goals in six matches – having failed to strike in any of the other five.
Given this lack of firepower, they are likely to set up defensively and hope to emulate Wigan’s surprise victory at this ground in Saturday’s Championship fixture.
This tactic could prove effective considering the Baggies have failed to find the target in three of their previous seven matches in front of their own fans.
West Brom vs Newcastle Tips and Predictions
All in all, odds of 19/20 (1.95) are surely worth backing on no more than one team scoring for West Brom’s fifth home game in six, as well as Newcastle’s sixth fixture in seven.
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Both teams to score: No at 19/20 (1.95) for a 1.5pt stake with bet365
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