Kick-off: 1100, 20/07/2019
Stadium: Hongkou Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Steve Bruce will begin his Newcastle reign by facing West Ham in the Premier League Asia Trophy third-place play-off and could get an insight into how tough this job will be.
The Magpies were outplayed by Wolves in China on Wednesday and again look worth taking on, even if the Hammers were also emphatically beaten against Manchester City.
We’re happy to go with the London outfit at 23/20 for our initial Newcastle vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle conceded three times before half-time versus Wolves and a poor night got even worse when substitute Thomas Allan headed into his own net late on.
To be fair, Wanderers did seem at a far more advanced stage of their pre-season preparations during that 4-0 triumph, but alarm bells will still have been ringing back on Tyneside.
Along with wily old manager Rafael Benitez moving on, top scorer Ayoze Perez has been sold to Leicester, while Salomon Rondon and Mohamed Diame are others missing from last season’s squad.
The appointment of Bruce has not been universally welcomed by supporters, who have long voiced their frustration with owner Mike Ashley.
Defender Federico Fernandez said: “I understand the fans and the situation, but we want to work hard, be better as a team and be ready for the new season.
“We want to show the fans and everyone we can compete. Of course, fans maybe want a different manager or players, but we need to work hard to show we are ready for the Premier League.”
Bruce may well be able to knock the Magpies back into shape at some point, but it will be hard for him to make an immediate impact here.
Looking at the Newcastle vs West Ham odds, we’re going with 13/5 for the Hammers to lead at half-time and full-time in Shanghai.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham let us down when beaten 4-1 by a Manchester City side which had arrived late in China and contained several junior players.
A Mark Noble penalty gave the Hammers an early lead, but David Silva equalised, Lukas Nmecha put the Blues in front from the penalty spot and Raheem Sterling added a double in the second half.
However, Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Michail Antonio did have chances in a decent first period and Manuel Pellegrini refused to be too downbeat at the final whistle.
The manager told the club website: “In the first half, we played well and created chances in their box, but then we conceded two goals in two minutes and, of course, when you are playing against Manchester City, you cannot afford that.
“In the second half, they improved a lot when they changed some players, while we wanted to give some minutes to some players who have just returned from long injures, so that made a difference.
“I was happy with the offensive system and the way we played in our attacking, because we created more chances than Manchester City, but we must be more concentrated in our defending.”
The Hammers should take heart from having beaten Newcastle 2-0 at home and 3-0 away last term, so we think they are worth another chance.
Let’s finish off our Newcastle vs West Ham betting tips by taking 11/1 for the Londoners to oblige 2-0.
NEWCASTLE 0-4 Wolves
Man City 4-1 WEST HAM – Noble (pen)
Head-to-head: West Ham 2-0 Newcastle, Newcastle 0-3 West Ham, West Ham 2-3 Newcastle, Newcastle 3-0 West Ham
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