McClaren must do something, because The Magpies need points!

Last updated: January 15, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: St. James’ Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLLLD
Away form: WWWDD
Last season: 2-0
Competition: The Premier League

Despite being two points away from the 17th place The Magpies still need to earn some fresh points in order to keep their place in The Premier League. Newcastle managed to survive in the previous season, collecting 39 points. But The Magpies had earned 27 points at the same stage of the season. Now, they have collected only 17 and now their task is much more difficult.

Furthermore, Newcastle were knocked out of The FA Cup. Even though, The Magpies were simply better, they lost to Watford 1-0 at Vicarage road. A mistake in their defence let Troy Deeney score from a clear position. Now, Steve McClaren’s lads will have to focus on their performance in The Premier League and they will be desperately looking for the three points in the upcoming game against West Ham United at St. James’ Park.

The Hammers beat Wolverhampton 1-0 last weekend and qualified for the fourth round of The FA Cup. Nikica Jelavic scored his first goal for West Ham in the 84th minute and helped his teammates win the match. West Ham’s players are in good shape and they hardly lose away from home.

Team News

The Argentinian midfielder Manuel Lanzini is suffering from a tight muscle strain. The 22-year-old player will resume full training in February.

Diafra Sakho has the same problem. The Senegalese international is going to return to the pitch at the end of January.

Newcastle have bought Senegalese forward Henri Saivet. The ex Bordeaux player has scored 2 goals in 18 matches this season. He will surely sit on the bench. Jonjo Shelvey has also joined The Magpies.

8 players are on Newcastle’s injury list. Among them are Cisse and Riviere. That’s why McClaren wanted to sign a new attacker.

Quotes of the week

Steve McClaren  from Newcastle Steve McClaren (Newcastle) : “If we were not doing everything to rectify it, I would be worried. If people weren’t backing us or trying, I would be worried.”

slaven bilic grinning Slaven Bilic (West Ham) : “I lost a game here as a player against Wrexham. So it’s well done to the lads.”

Expected line-ups:

Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Elliot, Coloccini, Janmaat, Dummett, Mbemba, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Anita, Thauvin, Ayoze, Mitrovic
Subs Shelvey, Saivet, Darlow, Mbabu, Gouffran, Tiote, Colback.
Injured: Riviere, Taylor, Aarons, Williamson, Krul, Obertan, Haïdara, Cisse.
Not available:
West Ham (4-4-2): Adrian, Tomkins, Collins, Reid, Cresswell, Kouyate, Moses, Noble, Payet, Valencia, Carroll.
Subs Ogbonna, Zarate, Jelavic, Jenkinson, Randolph, Obiang, Song.
Injured: Sakho, Lanzini.
Not available:

So far this season

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Newcastle this season West Ham this season
18 League Position 6
2 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (4)
6-2 vs. Norwich Biggest win 3-0 vs. Liverpool
4 (1) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (4)
4 (7) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (2)
1-6 to Man City Biggest Defeat 1-4 to Tottenham
Wijnaldum (7) Top scorer Payet (5)
Sissoko (5) Assist Leader Cresswell, Payet (3)
Y38, R3 Discipline Y27, R4
10 Failures to score 4
4 Clean Sheets 7
8 Both Teams to Score Games 12
9 Over 2.5 Games 10
11 Under 2.5 Games 10
  • The Hammers have won only 7 of 48 visits to St. James’ Park. They have scored 47 and have conceded 94 goals in their net.
  • The last match between these two teams finished with a 2-0 victory for West Ham. Dimitri Payet scored twice in the game at The Boleyn Ground.
  • Newcastle have won 26 of 48 home games against West Ham. There’s been 15 draws. The total number of Magpies’ victories is 39.
  • The Magpies have failed to score in their last 3 Premier League matches. In addition, there have been ‘under 2.5’ goals scored in their last 4 league matches.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
14/09/15 The Premier League West Ham 2-0 Newcastle D. Payet 9′
24/05/15 The Premier League Newcastle 2-0 West Ham M. Sissoko 54′
29/11/14 The Premier League West Ham 1-0 Newcastle A. Cresswell 56′
18/01/14 The Premier League West Ham 1-3 Newcastle Cabaye 16′
24/08/13 The Premier League Newcastle 0-0 West Ham