Newcastle v West Ham Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
November 27, 2018
St James' Park - Premier League
It's a mid-table battle this weekend as Newcastle host West Ham in the Premier League, with the two sides locked on twelve points. The Hammers have been in decent form in recent weeks, although a comprehensive defeat to Manchester City last week has slowed momentum.
Newcastle have had the upper hand in this fixture recently, winning each of the last three encounters. The most recent, a thrilling 3-2 away victory saw West Ham take the lead early on through Marko Arnautovic, before three Mapgies goals within 50 minutes put the game out of the home side's reach.
Club captain Jamaal Lascelles may be deemed fit to start having missed out last weekend, joining Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinoro Muto and Paul Dummett as hopefully. Whether or not Rafa Benitez will deem to make any chances to the side that performed well on Monday night remains to be seen, with his decision to invert the wingers tailored to limiting Burnley.
Manuel Pellegrini's injury nightmare continues with Winston Reid, Manuel Lanzini, Carlos Sanchez, Andriy Yarmolenko and Ryan Fredricks all absent. The manager may be able to slowly reintroduce both Jack Wilshire and Andy Carroll, although neither are likely to start this weekend - whilst Robert Snodgrass returns from suspension.
Newcastle v West Ham Preview and Predictions
Following their poor start to the season, Benitez's Newcastle have built up a strong vein of form, winning all of their last three games. This run has seen the Magpies leap out of the relegation zone and establish relative security of 13th place in the table, tied with Saturday's opponents' West Ham.
However, in spite of the two sides' mid-table status, the reality is that they are both just four points clear of the drop zone, and a loss on Saturday could spell trouble. For the Hammers, the trip up North has come at a bad time, with the London club not having won an away fixture since September. In the midst of an injury crisis, Pellegrini is unable to make major rotations to his side, meaning that lengthy journeys and fatigue have undoubtedly been curtailing his team's progress.
That having been said, the Clarets gave a decent account of themselves against Manchester City. Despite losing by four goals, West Ham had a host of decent chances, and had they been more clinical they could have but the league leaders under pressure. If they are able to create as successfully against Newcastle, they may well take all three points.
The Magpies will be able to boast both the home advantage and momentum, but Benitez will be wary of raising expectations too high. The club's recent success has been built around containing their opposition rather than playing their own expansive style of football, and if West Ham come to St James' park looking to defend, Newcastle may struggle to break them down.
Fortunately for the home side, the Hammers have looked far from solid at the back and we could be in for another cracking tie between these two clubs.
Marko Arnautovic to score anytime at 7/4
The Hammers forward had as many shots as any City player but is without a goal in four games!
Both teams to score at 10/11
West Ham will look to attack the home side but the Magpies should be able to produce a third consecutive 2-1.