Andy Carroll returns to St. James’ Park in West Ham colours as the East London side look to continue their terrific start to the season with a positive result over Newcastle United. Alan Pardew’s side grabbed a valuable point away at Anfield last weekend and will look for a home win to boost their chances of finishing in the top six.
The Magpies are underachieving in 10th this season after their remarkable campaign last term, but Pardew’s side have begun to show signs of positive play and results. Since their 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United, Newcastle have two draws and a win in their last three games and will look to maintain this unbeaten streak against the Hammers.
Pardew is without captain Fabricio Coloccini and Cheick Tiote, who are suspended following straight red cards. The game against West Ham is the final one of Tiote’s ban, whereas Coloccini begins his after his vicious attempted stamp on Luis Suarez last weekend. Pardew will hope that star striker Demba Ba can overcome his shin injury to face his former side, but is definitely without versatile James Perch who suffered a thigh problem against Liverpool.
West Ham travel to the North-East after a 0-0 draw at home against the Premier League champions Manchester City. Sam Allardyce’s side are one place above Newcastle in the league and have surprised many with their displays this season. Allardyce returns to his former club with optimism that they can record an away victory to fire them back up the top half.
However, the Hammers have defensive issues with James Collins and James Tomkins doubts for the game with unspecified injuries. Guy Demel may recover from a hamstring problem to feature at St. James’ Park. Captain Kevin Nolan returns to St. James’ Park for the first time looking to improve on his tally of four goals this season.
West Ham have failed to win away at Newcastle in any of their last nine visits, but this weekend could be a record changer. Allardyce’s men have seen a lull in form since their blistering start and will be keen to get back on track, starting with a win over Pardew’s side. The Newcastle boss had a spell as manager of the Hammers and will be looking to get one over his former employers to fire the Magpies back up the table.