Newcastle and West Ham are both in desperate need of points ahead of their league clash at St James’ Park on Saturday. Both sides are yet to register a point this season and find themselves at the bottom of the table. The Magpies are yet to score a goal this season and have lost their opening two fixtures to Tottenham and Huddersfield respectively. There is a sense of crisis developing at the club right now, and another defeat on Saturday could make matters worse for manager Rafa Benitez.
The Hammers started the season with a disappointing 4-0 to Man Utd. In their next fixture, the Hammers put up a great fight against Southampton despite playing with ten men for the majority of the game. The game ended in a last-minute 3-2 defeat but Javier Hernandez’s brace in the game must have been a real boost for manager Slaven Bilic.
The Magpies also have a tough League Cup fixture at home to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday while the Hammers have a comparatively easy trip to League Two side Cheltenham.
The last time these two clubs faced each other was in the 2015-16 Premier League season, and the Magpies registered a 2-1 win in the corresponding fixture.
Newcastle United vs West Ham – Team News
For the hosts, Dwight Gayle and Florian Lejeune could be available, while the game might come too soon for Deandre Yedlin and Paul Dummett. Jonjo Shelvey will miss out because of his red card on the opening day.
Winston Reid is likely to miss the game for the Hammers while summer-signing Marko Arnautiovic will be unavailable because of his red card against the Saints. Cheikhou Kouyate, Manuel Lanzini and striker Andy Carroll are all back in training but this game might come too soon for them.
Newcastle United vs West Ham – Match Facts
In the last five meetings between the two sides, the Magpies have won three and the Hammers have won two.
The Magpies are yet to score a goal this season while the Hammers have the worst defence in the league as they have conceded seven goals in their opening two games.
Newcastle United vs West Ham – Match odds
The hosts are slight favourites to win at 29/20 odds while their opponents are available at 9/4 odds at Sportingbet. Our preview is backing an away win in this fixture as we think Javier Hernandez-led Hammers will be too much for short-on-confidence Magpies. A draw is available at the best odds of 12/5.
Newcastle United vs West Ham – Correct Score odds
A 1-1 draw is the most obvious result at 6/1 odds. However, our preview is going for a 2-1 away win as our prediction. You can get best odds of 11/1 for our prediction at Bet365.
Newcastle United vs West Ham – Over/Under 2.5 goals odds
We are going for more than 2.5 goals as our prediction in this segment. You can get best odds of 20/21 at Betfair.
Newcastle United vs West Ham – Anytime Goalscorer odds
We think that Hammers signing Javier Hernandez will have a huge role to play in this game and he is the favourite to score on Saturday at 2/1 odds. Magpies striker Dwight Gayle is also available at similar odds.
In our preview, we are backing the Mexican as our prediction, and Paddypower is providing best odds for him.