West Ham started their Premier League campaign with a cracking 2-0 win at home to newly-promoted Cardiff, but a trip to manager Sam Allardyce’s former club Newcastle United will prove a tougher prospect and a share of the spoils is the bet to be on.
A draw is priced up at 11/5, with the north east side short enough favourites at 6/5 and the visiting Irons’ 23/10 for the win.
The last meeting between these teams ended in a stalemate at the back end of last season.
West Ham finished with a run of four draws in their final eight games while the Geordies shared the points in two of their last five.
Newcastle struggled for goals last year after top scorer Demba Ba’s move to Chelsea in January, failing to find the net in seven of their last 18 games.
New loan signing Loic Remy, who fired home six times in his 14-game spell at QPR, is expected to have to wait a little longer for his first appearance in the black and white stripes as he’s sidelined with a calf injury.
The Magpies cannot be backed for the win with any confidence after their 4-0 capitulation against Manchester City and manager Alan Pardew will be exasperated with the expected absence of Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye, as the Frenchman’s presence in 26 league games last season contributed to nine wins and his 12-game absence saw all three points taken only twice.
However, Pardew will be hopeful of taking something away from the visit of his old club.
The Hammers were terrible away from home last season and their record of three wins, four draws and 12 losses was by far the worst in the top half, with only relegated Reading losing more games on the road.
Their away goals tally of just 11 strikes was two fewer than any other team in the division and with £15m former Gallowgate End goal-hero Andy Carroll still ruled out through injury a repeat of May’s 0-0 at the Boleyn Ground looks on the cards at 15/2.