West Ham have difficulties in playing at home
Last updated: September 11, 2015 by Leon Marshal
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
It looks like West Ham players perform much better when they are guests. When they have to take control of the home match, The Hammers don’t feel confident. West Ham struggle when playing against teams who play with a counter-attack strategy. That’s become apparent after only four rounds.
In the first match against Arsenal at The Emirates, The Hammers played very nice one-touch football and the players were clinical in front of goal. Then West Ham United played against Leicester at home and Slaven Bilic’s players lost 1-2, they didn’t show any of their brilliant performance produced in the Gunners match. The same thing happened in W.H.U’s next two games against Liverpool and Bournemouth. A poor match against The Cherries and superb performance against The Reds.
Newcastle United were so close to relegation last season; it’s looking like the players aren’t giving their best this season to improve on the team’s past performance. The mindset of the players is exactly the same as the last few games from the previous season. Steve McClaren tried to turn things around by buying Mitrovic from Anderlecht, but this deal isn’t working so far. The Serbian international is unproductive, failing to score in all four games so far and receiving a red card against Arsenal in the last game.
Having scored only two goals from the start of The Premier League, Newcastle’s strikers must improve their form, in order to help their team move away from the relegation zone.
This match is unpredictable because both teams are too inconsistent in their performance. Nobody knows who will be lucky enough to take the full quota of points. It will be very interesting to see which team proves to have taken the right course of action.
Mark Noble is suspended for being sent off against Liverpool last round, so he won’t be in the squad. Adrian is also missing the match through suspension.
Slaven Bilic is restricted from picking his first eleven, Valencia and Carroll, are both injured. Victor Moses is also sidelined. On the other hand, Bilic is happy to have in the squad Jelavic who joined the team recently from Hull City.
Emmanuel Riviere suffers from a knee injury and won’t take part in the match for Newcastle. He is still waiting for his first Premier League match this season.
Aleksandar Mitrovic was sent off in the 16th minute against Arsenal last round and is now banned.
Quotes of the week
Slaven Bilic (West Ham) : “I am happy to have Jelavic in my squad.”
Steve McClaren (Newcastle) : “I said to the players – not a lot expected in first four games.”
|West Ham (4-3-3):||Randolph, Tomkins, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Kouyate, Payet, Obiang, Lanzini, Sakho, Oxford.|
|Subs||Jelavic, Jarvis, Cullen, Spiegel, Samuelsen, Lee, Knoyle|
|Injured:||Valencia, Carroll, Moses|
|Not available:||Noble, Adrian – suspended|
|Newcastle (4-2-3-1):||Krul, Coloccini, Janmaat, Haidara, Mbemba, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Anita, Colback, Thauvin, Cisse|
|Subs||Ayoze, de Jong, Obertan, Tiote, Darlow, Taylor, Aarons.|
|Not available:||Mitrovic – suspended|
So far this season
|West Ham United this season||Newcastle United this season|
|0 (2)||(at home) Wins (away)||0 (0)|
|3-0 vs Liverpool||Biggest win||—|
|0 (0)||(at home) Draws (away)||1 (1)|
|2 (0)||(at home) Losses (away)||1 (1)|
|3-4 to Bournemouth||Biggest Defeat||0-2 to Swansea|
|Kouyate (2), Noble (2)||Top scorer||Wijnaldum (1), Cisse (1)|
|Cresswell (2)||Assist Leader||Obertan (1)|
|Y6, R3||Discipline||Y11, R2|
|0||Failures to score||2|
|2||Both Teams to Score Games||1|
|3||Over 2.5 Games||1|
|1||Under 2.5 Games||3|
- West Ham have lost twice at home from two games. The Magpies are still looking for their first Premier League victory of this season.
- The last match between the teams at The Boleyn Ground finished with a victory for West Ham United by 1-0. Cresswell scored the only goal of the game after the break.
- More than 50 % of the meetings between these two teams at The Boleyn Ground finished with a home victory (25 wins for West Ham from 48 games). Newcastle has won on 13 occasions.
- The last time Newcastle won as a guest in The Premier League was on 31 January 2015 when The Magpies beat Hull City 3-0.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goalscorer|
|24.05.15||Premier League||Newcastle 2-0 West Ham||Sissoko 54′|
|29.11.14||Premier League||West Ham 1-0 Newcastle||Cresswell 56′|
|18.01.14||Premier League||West Ham 1-3 Newcastle||Cabaye 16′|
|24.08.13||Premier League||Newcastle 0-0 West Ham||—|
|04.03.13||Premier League||West Ham 0-0 Newcastle||—|