West Ham United will be determined to improve on their poor start to the season at home by overcoming a Newcastle United side that is still waiting for its first Premier League success under Head Coach Steve McClaren.
The Londoners have gone from one extreme to the other and back again in their four outings so far, defending resolutely on the road to come away with famous victories at Arsenal and Liverpool, but in losing both at Upton Park to Leicester City and Bournemouth they have been guilty of sloppiness and a failure to match the attacking vibrancy of their opponents. Iron out the mistakes they have made in those defeats, and they are certainly well equipped to have a strong campaign.
Manuel Lanzini did not take long to open his account for the club at Liverpool as he netted the opener in what was a ruthless performance in front of goal. He is one of several summer signings who have settled in well, and on deadline day Slaven Bilic added a sprinkling of attacking flair to his squad, bringing Victor Moses in on loan from Chelsea and securing the services of Nottingham Forest talisman Michail Antonio. Those two deals are guaranteed to excite the supporters.
The visitors find themselves third from bottom after four games, with only goal difference keeping them above Stoke City and arch rivals Sunderland. However, there have been some signs of promise, particularly the manner in which the rode an early Manchester United storm to claim a point at Old Trafford, while the attacking football on display against Southampton on opening weekend was the most exciting seen from a Magpies side for a long while.
They have not scored in the league since then, with no shots on target in the defeat to Arsenal, but their refusal to fold after a going a man down so early was impressive. Only an unfortunate own goal from captain Fabricio Coloccini accounted for them in the end, but they can do without that sort of bad luck here as a win is very much needed to lift the mood. With the two teams having had a combined total of seven players sent off this season, odds on a dismissal here appear short.
For West Ham, goalkeeper Adrian completes a three-match ban and so misses out along with Enner Valencia, Alexandre Song and Mauro Zarate. Despite returning to training, this match is likely to come too soon for Andy Carroll.
Emmanuel Riviere and Sylvain Marveaux are sidelined for Newcastle through injury, while Aleksandar Mitrovic serves the first match of his suspension.
Last Meeting: Riding high in the Premier League, West Ham narrowly got the better of in-form Newcastle in November 2014, with left-back Aaron Cresswell attacking with efficiency to steal in and slot the decisive goal past Tim Krul. Otherwise, it was a relatively tame affair that saw little in the way of genuine entertainment. The visitors finished with 10 men as Moussa Sissoko picked up two quick-fire yellow cards.
Played for both – Craig Bellamy: The much travelled forward signed for Newcastle in 2001 and impressed in a side that was fighting for honours and qualifying for the Champions League, before a fallout with manager Graeme Souness led to his departure in 2005 after 28 goals in 93 league games. Two years later he moved to West Ham for a spell that was dogged by injury problems and as a result made just 24 league appearances in a season and-a-half, scoring seven times.