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Relegation Threatened Hammers Travel to In-Form Newcastle

Last updated: July 3, 2020 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Sunday, 14:15
Venue: St. James’ Park
Coverage: Sky Sports
Home Form: DWWDW
Away Form: WLLLW
Last Meeting: West Ham 2 – 3 Newcastle
Competition: EPL

In-form Newcastle welcome West Ham as they aim to pull off a double against a side who have relegation worries on their mind. The Magpies are two points behind tenth place Sheffield United while their opponents are just three points clear of the relegation zone.

Newcastle bounced back from their FA Cup quarterfinal exit to Manchester City with a resounding 4 – 1 win away against Bournemouth. Goals from Dwight Gayle, Sean Longstaff, Miguel Almiron, and Valentino Lazaro sealed the important win for Steve Bruce’s side. Dan Gosling scored a stoppage-time consolation goal for the Cherries. It was the first time Newcastle had managed to score four since May 2019 when they beat Fulham 4 – 0.

The confidence of the manger in the depth of his squad was evident as he decided to play Emil Krafth as the right-back and Sean Longstaff as the number ten, a decision that paid off well. Joelinton was on the left-wing as Gayle was the main man up front, this gave the team great dynamism.

Steve Bruce’s side is in great form with three consecutive away wins on the bounce for the first time since November 2016. They are on a five-game unbeaten run with three wins and two draws, their best run since going undefeated in their final six games of the 2015-16 season. They had not scored in the first half in the last nine PL games until they scored twice inside half an hour against Bournemouth.

Longstaff in a more advanced position is quite an exciting prospect for the youngster, and he took full advantage, being a thorn in Bournemouth’s side all night and got on the scoresheet after 30 minutes. Saint-Maximin gave a man of the match, playing with confidence and expressing himself, providing three assists.

West Ham is once again fighting relegation with the impressive 3 – 2 win against Chelsea ending a streak of three consecutive defeats. Yarmolenko made a decisive cameo scoring the last-minute winner that sealed the eventful London derby for West Ham. The Ukrainian international had not scored a goal since September as he was sidelined with a serious Achilles tendon rupture last year. The win was a big boost for West Ham. They have relegation worries for themselves and taking anything off a side that beat the defending champions in their previous outing is an achievement in itself.

David Moyes’ side is now three points of the relegation spot. The mangers boldness to bring on an attacker when he could have gone defensive to gain a precious point is admirable. West Ham’s survival is in their own hands, with only one top-six encounter against Manchester United in the next six games. They need the results to turn around their fortunes in an increasingly fraught battle against the drop.

VAR ruled out Tomas Soucek’s goal with Antonio, who was offside, adjudged to be blocking the vision of Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga. It was a tough decision to take, especially as they then conceded a penalty that Willian converted. At this point, it seemed the football gods were against them.

However, deep into stoppage time in the first half, Soucek did get his goal, his header finding the net. The Hammers took the lead through the highly impressive Michail Antonio in the 51st minute, a superb team goal in which every outfield player touched the ball in the build-up to the goal. The game looked destined to be heading for a draw when William scored with a well-taken free-kick. With 18 minutes left. Sensing an unlikely victory, West Ham hit Chelsea on the counter-attack, Antonio set up Yarmolenko, and the Ukrainian finished with a crisp finish which gifted West Ham the points.

Antonio gave a man of the match performance while super Tomas Soucek wasn’t far behind him and gave a commanding display, the Czech Player of the year won the midfield battle against Ngolo Kante. The 25-year old was impressive winning eight aerial battles, twice as many as than anyone in the pitch, also performing four interceptions, four clearances, and three tackles.

They have great depth, especially in their midfield led by the able Mark Noble and a manager who rescued West Ham from the drop two seasons ago was hired to do the same job. They were, however in the same position when Manuel Pellegrini left. They have lost 22 points from winning positions with just a single clean sheet in the New Year.


Team News

Newcastle is on a five-game unbeaten run with three wins and two draws.

Saint-Maximin had a hat trick of assists in the previous game.

Haller and Snodgrass have been West Ham most prolific duo although they missed the 3 – 2 win against Chelsea but could feature against Newcastle.

West Ham has just two wins in the last twelve games with the recent win against Chelsea ending a run of three-game consecutive defeats.


Expected Line-Ups:

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Newcastle (4-3-3): Dubravka, Krafth, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Longstaff, Shelvey, Bentaleb, Saint-Maximin, Gayle, Joelinton
Subs: Darlow, Schaer, Carroll, Ritchie, Hayden, Yedlin, Lazaro, Almiron, Rose
Injured: Lejeune, Clark
Doubtful:
Not available:
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West Ham (4-2-3-1): Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Soucek, Rice, Bowen, Fornals, Lanzini, Antonio
Subs: Randolph, Balbuena, Wilshere, Yarmolenko, Anderson, Ajeti, Silva, Johnson, Lewis
Injured: Haller, Snodgrass, Masauku
Doubtful:
Not available:

So Far This Season

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Newcastle This Season West Ham This Season
13th League Position 16th
11 (5) Wins (away) 8 (3)
4 – 1 v Bournemouth Biggest Win 4 – 0 v Bournemouth
9 (2) Draws (away) 6 (3)
0 – 5 v Leicester Biggest Defeat 0 – 5 v Man City
Shelvey (5) Top Goal Scorer Haller (7)
Y56, R3 Discipline Y58, R2
3 Failures to Score 5
31% Clean Sheets 19%
44% Both Teams to Score Games 50%
44% Over 2.5 Goals 50%
56% Under 2.5 Goals 50%
  • The two sides have played 32 times against each other; Newcastle has 15 wins against West Ham’s nine wins, with eight draws between them.
  • An even encounter with many goals, averaging 2.94 goals. This promises to be an entertaining encounter for the neutrals.
  • Robert Snodgrass has the best returns with five goals and five assists as well the best goal scorer Haller who has seven goals while Andy Carroll’s four assists and Shelvey’s five goals are Newcastle’s best numbers.
  • The hosts have scored an average of 1.34 goals per game while creating 1.16 chances per match compared to the visitor’s 1.19 goal average while creating 1.34 opportunities per game.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
02/11/2019 EPL West Ham 2 – 3 Newcastle Clark 16’
02/03/2019 EPL West Ham 2 – 0 Newcastle Rice 7’
01/12/2018 EPL Newcastle 0 – 3 West Ham Hernandez 11′
23/12/2017 EPL West Ham 2 – 3 Newcastle Arnautovic 6’
26/08/2017 EPL Newcastle 3 – 0 West Ham Joselu 36’

Conclusion & Betting Tips

Newcastle are unbeaten in the league since the restart and have enjoyed comprehensive wins against European hopefuls Sheffield United and relegation-threatened Bournemouth. West Ham has just one win since football resumed, albeit a spectacular 3-2 win against Chelsea.

St. James’ Park is becoming a fortress as Newcastle are unbeaten in their last five home games. In comparison, West Ham has lost their last seven away matches and have also conceded at least two goals in eight of their last ten games. Despite West Ham’s heroics against Chelsea, we believe the Magpies will win this and pile on the pressure on the Hammers. A good combo of Newcastle to win and both teams to score is available at Betway @ 4/1.