Newcastle vs. West Brom: Premier League Soccer Odds & Picks

Steven Suarez

Friday, May 8, 2015 7:01 PM GMT

The Baggies have looked like a different team under the guidance of their new manager. Will they leave Newcastle with a positive result? Our top soccer picks for this EPL encounter can be found inside.

Odds Overview
Whereas the Baggies have been playing much better recently, the Magpies have been an utter disaster. Nonetheless, they're still priced out as +150 favorites on the soccer odds board, with West Brom available for backing at just over +200.

If you think a draw is the most likely outcome, you can find that option at right around +250 at the top sportsbooks.

 

Newcastle
Ugly. That's really the only thing that comes to mind when thinking about Newcastle's recent performances. The Magpies have been beyond awful over the last couple of months, and as a result their stock has plummeted when it comes to Premier League positioning.

Just how bad has it been? The Magpies have lost eight straight matches, which has seen them drop all the way down to 15th in the table. You may remember that Newcastle was actually near the top of the table only a few short months ago. Oh how the "mighty" have fallen. The Magpies just cannot seem to put it together, and their fans have to be incredibly disappointed with the sharp decline in performance that they've witnessed.

Newcastle really hit rock bottom in the team's latest outing, as they fell 3-0 to relegation-threatened Leicester City. It was a very poor showing from the Magpies, and there's little reason to expect any kind of turnaround here in the last few matches for the club. There's little to play for other than pride at this point for Newcastle.

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West Brom
The Baggies aren't going to win any silverware, nor are they going to qualify for Europe. Regardless, you're not going to find many West Brom supporters that are unhappy, as this is an outfit that's been resurgent with Tony Pulis at the helm. The Baggies have risen to 13th place in the Premier League and will come into the weekend on a good run of form.

Following a three-match losing streak a month or so again, West Brom has responded to go unbeaten over their last three fixtures, picking up wins over Crystal Palace and Manchester United while drawing Liverpool at home. As you can see, the Baggies have been getting the job done even against the best competition out there and not just beating up on the weak links in the Premier League. Beating the Red Devils and holding Liverpool to a draw shows that this is a team on the rise.

Individually speaking, Saido Berahino has been the most influential attacking player for West Brom, having scored 12 league goals this term. No other member of the club has scored more than four times, which goes to show you just how important the 21-year-old has been.

 

Premier League Pick
We don't think we'll be seeing a wide open match here. Tony Pulis is a mastermind tactician and he's going to have a plan in store for West Brom here. Few managers know how to set up their defense like Pulis, so Newcastle could find it very difficult to fashion many chances despite being at home.

Of course, it makes it a lot easier to back West Brom in this spot when you consider how poorly the Magpies have been playing. They haven't won a match in months, so we're not going anywhere near them with our soccer picks right now.

So, with the Baggies on the up and up and the Magpies down in the dumpster, we have to roll with the "underdog" in this situation. Getting this kind of price on West Brom is very appealing when you consider recent form and motivation, so we like the away side here.

Pick: Newcastle 0 West Brom 1

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