Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Newcastle vs West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday (kick-off 4.15pm).
Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff is a major doubt for Sunday’s Premier League clash with West Ham.
The midfielder suffered a muscle injury during the 4-1 midweek win at Bournemouth and is unlikely to make the squad as head coach Steve Bruce assesses a series of wounded troops.
Skipper Jamaal Lascelles has an ankle problem, while striker Joelinton is nursing a sore calf ahead of a game in which the Magpies will attempt to extend their unbeaten league run to six games.
Felipe Anderson has been added to West Ham’s injury list. The Brazilian midfielder suffered a hamstring tweak in the warm-up prior to Wednesday’s win over Chelsea.
Sebastien Haller, Mark Noble and Arthur Masuaku, who all missed out in midweek, are all making progress and will be assessed.
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Things are starting to turn again with West Ham. They showed tremendous character and their response to the VAR howler was great. They scored goals. Mark Noble has often been at the centre of this but he was not on the pitch.
Tomas Soucek has done well since he has come into the fold but Andriy Yarmolenko has the pace and movement that causes problems. West Ham have missed him. Michail Antonio is their best option up front though – he has pace, power, great enthusiasm, and people who can support from midfield too. All of a sudden things are changing.
Newcastle are playing with freedom and a smile on their faces – they are looking dangerous too. Until things calm down, they could and should offer Steve Bruce another contract. Andy Carroll could start against his former club. Joelinton continues to struggle despite getting his goal the other week, while Jonjo Shelvey played well and Miguel Almiron contributed off the bench too.
A bit of fight in West Ham might cause Newcastle problems though, as it did against Chelsea. West Ham may have started to believe that they are not a bad side once they get going. They just need to get better defensively, but their grit and determination will get them over the line in this one.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-2 (10/1 with Sky Bet)
- Newcastle have won 20 Premier League games against West Ham, only beating Aston Villa and Tottenham more often in the competition.
- West Ham won this exact fixture 3-0 last season – they’ve not won consecutive away league games against Newcastle since October 1998.
- Newcastle United are unbeaten in five Premier League games (W3 D2), their best run since going undefeated in their last six games of the 2015-16 season under Rafael Benítez.
- West Ham United are looking to record back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time since August 2019, when they beat Watford and Norwich.
- Newcastle have had 17 different goalscorers in the Premier League this season – their most in a single campaign in the competition, and more than any other side so far in 2019-20.
- Before the enforced break, no side had scored fewer Premier League goals than Newcastle in 2019-20 (25), with the Magpies averaging 0.9 goals-per-game and scoring 3+ goals in a game just once. Since the restart, only Man City (13) have scored more than Newcastle (8), with the Magpies netting at least three times in two of their three games while averaging 2.7 goals-per-game.