STAR PREVIEW: West Ham v Newcastle
[dropcap]M[/dropcap]y new week of punting starts at West Ham tonight when the Hammers play host to Newcastle. 10th play 18th in the table and West Ham have the chance to leapfrog as high as fifth if they can secure all three points.
That said, the Hammers have been better on the road so far this season but face a Newcastle side who have scored just a single goal in their last nine away league matches (against Man U !).
West Ham have now lost their last three Premier League games at Upton Park, conceding eight goals in the process.
These two teams got the ‘0-0 double’ up between them in 2013 and there will be plenty expecting not much more tonight on the goal front.
West Ham’s manager Slaven Bilic said: “It is very important. We need to win at home, or at least to get something from the game because we need to build on our great away results. We have to start picking up points at home, and I’m very confident because our reactions in the second halves of both games were good, and if we can do it from the start and cut out the silly mistakes, we will be alright.”
Of their trio of new signings Victor Moses is in tonight’s starting 11 whilst Michail Antonio and Nikica Jelavic are on the bench.
Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren: “We feel we’re establishing a platform. We’ve seen evidence of that but we’ve been down to 10 men in two of the four games. We need the breaks. We need to play better football, create more chances and score more goals and the results will come.”
West Ham v Newcastle United
20:00 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD
HEAD TO HEAD
(Maximum 10 matches)
May 2015 PREMIER Newcastle 2-0 West Ham
Nov 2014 PREMIER West Ham 1-0 Newcastle
Jan 2014 PREMIER West Ham 1-3 Newcastle
Aug 2013 PREMIER Newcastle 0-0 West Ham
May 2013 PREMIER West Ham 0-0 Newcastle
Nov 2012 PREMIER Newcastle 0-1 West Ham
Jan 2011 PREMIER Newcastle 5-0 West Ham
Oct 2010 PREMIER West Ham 1-2 Newcastle
Jan 2009 PREMIER Newcastle 2-2 West Ham
Sep 2008 PREMIER West Ham 3-1 Newcastle
The atmosphere of a game under floodlights should ensure West Ham are fully charged up for this and I’m taking them at 11/10 with Star Sports to at last start showing some form at home.
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