Kick-off: 1500, 12/09/2020
Stadium: London Stadium
West Ham finished last season on an upward curve whereas Newcastle picked up just one point from their final five Premier League matches.
The Hammers still ended up three places below the Magpies in the table, but the feeling is that they head into the new campaign in better shape.
We’re snapping up 23/20 for a home win as our first West Ham vs Newcastle prediction.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
David Moyes had to survive a relegation battle at West Ham after replacing Manuel Pellegrini at the turn of the year but will have been encouraged by some good late results.
Three wins and the same number of draws in the closing seven matches included a 3-2 home victory over Chelsea, while seven goals were scored in defeating Norwich and Watford.
Michail Antonio was on fire during that period with eight goals and Tomas Soucek weighed in with three from midfield.
Completing a £19million permanent move for Soucek following his promising loan spell seems a wise decision.
Getting more from previous big-name signings such as Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals may now be the key to climbing up the table.
This is a team with plenty of attacking talent on paper and last term’s two clashes with Newcastle produced nine goals.
That makes 9/4 for a home win and over 2.5 scores in the game appeal from the West Ham vs Newcastle odds.
West Ham will have Soucek available – he was a doubt for the game after being part of the Czech Republic international squad when a member of staff tested positive for Covid-19.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Steve Bruce has had to remain focused throughout another on-off takeover saga which has dominated headlines in the north-east for the past few months.
Newcastle still managed to return from lockdown in fine form, beating Sheffield United 3-0 and Bournemouth 4-1 away in a four-match unbeaten run.
That little hot streak ensured their safety, so maybe we shouldn’t be too harsh on the Magpies for fading down the final stretch, especially as they had a tough run-in.
Bringing in 28-year-old striker Callum Wilson from Bournemouth for around £20m seems a shrewd move.
He told NUFC TV: “I didn’t have the greatest season last year, but I’ll be looking to get to double figures as soon as possible next season and many more goals to come.”
Landing Scotland winger Ryan Fraser and Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick on free transfers is more good business.
However, the injury jinx which plagued Bruce late on last term has continued during the off-season, with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka sidelined by a heel problem, while Dwight Gayle is set to be out for up to four months with a knee issue.
Let’s add 3/1 for a home win and both teams to score to our West Ham vs Newcastle betting tips.
Former Norwich full-back Jamal Lewis is another new recruit and all four signings will hope for some involvement.
Keeper Karl Darlow will start in place of the injured Dubravka, while midfielder Matt Ritchie (calf) is a doubt and Paul Dummett (tendon), Fabian Schar (shoulder), Ciaran Clark (ankle) and Matty Longstaff (thigh) are others out.
WEST HAM 1-1 Aston Villa – Andriy Yarmolenko
NEWCASTLE 1-3 Liverpool – Dwight Gayle
Head-to-head: Newcastle 2-2 West Ham, West Ham 2-3 Newcastle, West Ham 2-0 Newcastle, Newcastle 0-3 West Ham
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