The alarming West Brom stats that make Newcastle heavy favorites on Saturday

Manager Slaven Bilic of West Bromwich Albion. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)
Manager Slaven Bilic of West Bromwich Albion. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images) /

Newcastle United are expected to handle business against West Brom regardless of who is in the lineup.

After an outbreak of COVID-19 forced Newcastle United players and staff to isolate, cancel training, and led to the postponement of their game against Aston Villa, the players and staff returned to the training ground yesterday to prepare for this weekend’s clash against West Brom.

Newcastle United are coming off a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace, who just defeated West Brom by a margin of four goals (5-1), and the Magpies will be looking to claim back-to-back wins for the first time since the 2019-20 campaign.

West Brom are currently out of sync, and reports claim that Slaven Bilic will be told to pack his bags if his team is defeated at St. James’ Park.

It remains to be seen who will be eligible to play for Newcastle United seeing that the club has not released any names of those who tested positive, who have completed their quarantine, and who is still in quarantine.

Regardless, though, the Magpies have enough talent and depth in their squad to put together a lineup that can take all three points.

West Brom: Alarming Stats

When looking at West Brom’s statistics this season, it is safe to say that they are one of the worst teams the Premier League has seen in recent years.

There is no such thing as an easy game in the Premier League, and this game will not be a stroll through the park for the Toon, but players like Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin, and Joelinton can fill the scoresheet in this one.

The Baggies have conceded 23 goals this season, which is the most in the Premier League, and they have conceded at least three goals on four occasions, and it is worth noting that Everton and Crystal Palace both scored five goals against them. The promoted side also occupy the top spot with the number of shots faced, 167.

Offensively, West Brom have the second-worst record in the top flight when it comes to scoring goals. Through 11 games the Baggies have only found the back of the net eight times, but what is more concerning is the fact that they failed to score in six games this season.

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West Brom will certainly come out with some urgency, especially if rumors about their manager’s job security are true, but Newcastle United should be able to take their point tally to 17 when the final whistle is blown at St. James’ Park.