Premier League Preview for West Ham United v Newcastle United along with Predictions for every result in the EPL. Follow up each match with results and video highlights posted later in the week.
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West Ham United
Sam Allardyce’s men were finally able to stop the bleeding and get out of the relegation zone with their 0-2 win over Cardiff City. The return of Andy Carroll came at just the right time, but West Ham will certainly hope that he was not rushed back in too early.
In Saturday’s win West Ham had just 37% possession and took only 10 shots with three of those on target. They were largely outplayed, but still managed to hold off Cardiff and get the goals needed.
The most controversial decision of the weekend was surely in disallowing Cheick Tiote’s amazing goal that would have put Newcastle level with Manchester City and may have completely changed the outcome. Newcastle are absolutely right to be aggrieved by the decision that was made by the referee rather than the linesman. One of these days, referees will be held accountable.
Despite this Newcastle looked good for most of the match and at times were the better side but just couldn’t find the breakthrough they needed to get a result. With 54% possession they had 13 shots with five of those on target.
This compares favorably to their season averages of 48% possession with 15 shots and 1.4 goals per game.
My pick is a Newcastle United win, but they will need to be very careful considering their 5-0-5 away record and the dangers that West Ham can impose. The return of Andy Carroll is a massive one for the Hammers who still have a large list of injury concerns and banned players.
West Ham can certainly get a result from this, even a draw, despite their recent form. They are a team that can always pull off a surprise when you least expect it.
Betting Odds: West Ham win: 2.87-3.00; Draw: 3.35-3.50; Newcastle win: 2.40-2.50
Form: West Ham (D, L, L, D, L, W) Newcastle (D, W, W, L, L, L)
Prediction: West Ham United 1 – 2 Newcastle United
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