A surprising stat from the all-time series between Newcastle and West Brom

This weekend, Newcastle United face essentially a must-win match vs. West Brom. The Magpies are looking to extend their lead over 18th-place Fulham and they can’t afford to drop points vs. the 19th-place Baggies.

Newcastle defeated West Brom back in November by a 2-1 scoreline with goals from Miguel Almiron and Dwight Gayle. After the victory, Steve Bruce’s side went on a nine-match winless run in the Premier League to push them down into the relegation fight.

While NUFC should be expected to win this match, the all-time series between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion indicates that this one could go either way.

The clubs have played 132 times in their history with the first match taking place back in 1898. In those fixtures between the two sides, each club has won exactly 49 matches to go along with 34 draws.

The all-time series between Newcastle United and West Brom couldn’t be any closer.

In the Premier League era, Newcastle have gotten the better of the rivalry. They’ve won 12 of the 22 matches in the EPL. The Magpies went unbeaten in six straight Premier League matches vs. West Brom from 2004-2009.

After the 2009 season, both clubs were relegated. Both matches in the Championship ended with draws the following season. Newcastle finished first on the Championship table while West Brom was also promoted after a second-place finish.

Newcastle lost two of their next three EPL matches after returning to the top flight. The last five Premier League matches between the clubs have been as even as the all-time series. Each side has two wins with a 2017 draw mixed in.

Currently, West Brom are managed by former Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce. With the Baggies in the Championship at that time, Big Sam never faced them during the brief time he was managing Newcastle United. Bruce has faced WBA 22 times across his managerial stops and carries a fitting eight wins, eight losses, and six draws in those matches.