West Ham vs Newcastle / Premier League – This match of the 19th round of English Premier League is considered to be a “derby” of the back part of table, given that 15th-placed West Ham meets 18th-positioned Newcastle, which at the moment has two points fewer. Newcastle fans are worried due to fact that their team has nine-game winless streak of even eight losses and one draw, while on the other hand the Hammers play much better lately. Let’s add that out of their last four head-to-head, each team won two times at home. Begins: 23.12.2017 – 16:00 CET
In accordance to that West Ham fans expect three new points, especially as with them the Hammers would finally create a solid difference between them and teams in the drop zone. At the moment West Ham has just two points more than their next opponent, Newcastle, which is the highest placed team in the relegation zone. The Hammers escaped from it after the latest three-game unbeaten streak of two wins and one draw.
The positive series started with home victory over Chelsea 1-0, while after it West Ham pulled 0-0 with another city rival Arsenal at the same stadium. The positive series culminated with sound away victory over Stoke 3-0. In the meantime they played at Emirates in the quarter-final of League Cup with Arsenal and lost by 1-0. We need to add that out of action are injured defenders Fonte and Byram, and midfielders Kouyate, Noble and Fernandes, while midfielder Lanzini is suspended.
Probable lineups West Ham: Adrian – Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell – Zabaleta, Obiang, Rice, Masuaku – Antonio, Sakho, Arnautovic
We have said before that the guests from Newcastle are the highest positioned team in the drop zone, where they ended after long, nine-game winless streak of even eight losses and one draw. Right because of that many find surprising that experienced coach Benitez still has his job, but it seems that the club management believes in the Spanish expert, especially as he has announced that will significantly reinforce the team in the coming winter transfer window.
Such move is inevitable if in next four rounds that are squeezed in following 10 days Newcastle doesn’t make a drastic change in the way it plays as it can easily happen to spend New Year’s eve at the last place in the table given that it has just three points more than last-placed Swansea. Right because of that we expect their much braver edition in the match with the Hammers, while out of action are injured defenders Dummett and Gamez, and forward Mitrovic, while midfielder Shelvey is suspended.
Probable lineups Newcastle: Elliot – Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo – Hayden, Merino – Ritchie, Perez, Atsu – Joselu
West Ham vs Newcastle PICK
Although West Ham is in much better shape than Newcastle ahead of their clash, we expect from the guests to play more bravely than usually and with an objective to finally put an end to the dreadful series of results, and consequently we have opted for a pick with goals on both sides.
Pick: Both teams to score
Odds: 1.95 at William Hill (down to 1.85 can be played)