Slaven Bilic gives his verdict on Steve Bruce's Newcastle United

Slaven Bilic says facing Newcastle United is a “dangerous prospect” – despite the team’s problems in front of goal.

Steve Bruce’s side take on Bilic’s West Bromwich Albion in an FA Cup fifth-round tie at The Hawthorns tonight.

Championship leaders West Brom, meanwhile, were beaten by Wigan Athletic at the weekend.

Slaven Bilic.


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Bilic told Birmingham Live: “They’re a dangerous prospect – they’re a Premier League side. They’re where we want to be – they’re one level higher than us.

“At the same time, they have a team of strengths and weaknesses. They’re not a perfect team. They’re sitting pretty much OK-ish in the table.

"They’re a very solid team. They’re not scoring – they haven’t scored in their last four games – but they’re very hard to beat, and they’ve made some tremendous results, especially away at big clubs.

“If you add to that that after many years they have also a good cup run, it shows that this season is pretty much good. Steve Bruce deserves big credit for that.


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“We’re at the top of the Championship, and we have to compete with a team that’s in the bottom half of the table in the Premier League.

“It’ll be very interesting to see how big the gap is, if anything, in quality. We’re in a good mood. We’re positive. We’re winning most of the games, so it also makes you a better team and better players.”