West Ham v Newcastle Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
February 28, 2019
London Stadium - Premier League
Rafa Benitez's Newcastle head to London this weekend, looking to keep their recent run of good form going against The Hammers.
Manuel Pellegrini's Hammers won 3-0 on Tyneside earlier this season, with two goals for Javier Hernandez and one for Felipe Anderson. However Newcastle won their three previous meetings before that, against West Ham.
Marko Arnautovic should be back for West Ham, after recovering from a bout of illness that kept him out of their last game, at home to Manchester City. However Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez, Aaron Cresswell, Arthur Masuaku, Fabien Balbuena, Andriy Yarmolenko and Winston Reid are all still out.
Jonjo Shelvey has returned to training, but he may not be risked yet, and Ciaran Clark and Rob Elliot are both still out of action for The Magpies.
West Ham v Newcastle Predictions and Preview
The Hammers battled with title chasing Manchester City last time out, eventually going down to a 1-0 home defeat against Pep Guardiola's side. Pellegrini's side are not really in relegation danger anymore, up to 10th in the table, and there is a slight danger that they may take their foot off the gas.
Newcastle were excellent in their 2-0 home win over Sean Dyche's Burnley and Benitez will be pushing his players to keep going and move them away from the potential of a relegation scrap. However they have not won away from St. James' Park in 2019 in the Premier League, a run of three games, and their boss will be looking for a solid performance.
West Ham have the pressure to win removed from their shoulders, and Newcastle will not want to overextend themselves - meaning a draw, at 12/5, could be an option. Goals have been in short supply for Benitez's side on the road of late, with three goals in their last five league games and an under 2.5 total goals bet is at 10/11.
A 0-0 draw at 9/1
Newcastle have more to lose in this clash, and that is exactly what they will want to avoid on their trip to the capital this weekend. Benitez has shown time and again that he has the tactical nous to deal with these situations this season.
A Red Card to be shown at 9/2
Both sides have had issues with disciplinary problems this season, with three red cards already issued between the two squads and plenty of players on display with a reputation for a rash tackle or two.