After narrowly escaping relegation, West Ham sets to start their Premier League opening fixtures against Newcastle United. The match schedules for Saturday at the London Stadium with kickoff at 10 pm.
Both sides had a season to forget in the 2019-2020 campaign that ended with both sides in the table’s bottom half. It took a near three points to win to separate the Hammers from the dotted relegation line.
Things seem to be at a mess at West Ham currently, with managerial disputes heating up. The side recently sold their best young prospect in Grady Diangana, who was on-loan at West Brom. The sell elicited heated debates from players and fans. Captain Mark Noble was first to criticize the club over the act.
The only activity taking place at the side is with the permanent signing of Soucek. He has been impressive since his arrival after the lockdown. The side is known to kick off their season on a slow momentum, and we expect this season.
Newcastle was poised for a big-money takeover, but the plans failed to hit the ground. Since then, the side is garnering worthy contenders for top half ranking after securing several impressive signings.
Callum Wilson joins the family after moving from relegated Bournemouth. The side followed by securing free agent Ryan Fraser from Bournemouth and young sensation Jamal Lewis from Norwich City.
West Ham vs. Newcastle United Head to Head
Both sides have 22 games against each other, with Newcastle taking ten wins against six wins for West Ham. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
West Ham 3-5 Bournemouth
West Ham 2-1 Brentford
Ipswich Town 1-4 West Ham
Wycombe Wanderers 1-5 West Ham
West Ham 1-1 Aston Villa
Newcastle 0-1 Stoke City
Middlesbrough 5-1 Newcastle
Newcastle 2-1 Barnsley
N. United 3-0 Crewe Alexandra
Newcastle 1-3 Liverpool
West Ham Team News
Manuel Lanzini remains the only injury doubt ahead of the clash. Many tipsters are betting on David Moyes as the first manager to get sacked. Ben Johnson will fight for the right-back position against Fredericks.
Newcastle Team News
Newbie Ryan Fraser is not yet fit for the clash, and we expect Saint-Maximin and Almiron to lead the attacking line. Martin Dubravka is out of contention leaving behind Karl Darlow to take charge.
Prediction and Odds
We expect Newcastle to take advantage of the turmoil currently happening at the London Stadium this weekend.
Goals Under 2.5
Most Goals: 2H