Kick-off: 1415, 05/07/2020
Stadium: St James’ Park
TV: Sky Sports Main Event
Newcastle and West Ham both head into the weekend in high spirits after midweek victories in which the goals flowed.
The Magpies were 4-1 winners at Bournemouth while West Ham snatched a much-needed 3-2 victory at home to Chelsea to ease their relegation fears.
Such thrilling games have not been the trend this season though in terms of these two teams and the value looks to be in backing at least one team not to score at 19/20 as our opening Newcastle vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle have been one of the form teams in the Premier League since the season resumed and seven points from three games have left them looking up the table rather than over their shoulders.
Magpies fans were largely unimpressed when Steve Bruce succeeded the popular Rafael Benitez as manager last summer but they are now pushing for a top-10 finish.
Goals from Dwight Gayle, Sean Longstaff, Miguel Almiron and Valentino Lazaro secured an emphatic victory at Bournemouth and the mid-table Magpies need just one more win to equal their highest top-flight points haul of the Benitez era.
Asked about the prospect of a top-half finish, Bruce said: “I would be delighted if we could, it would be some achievement.
“It’s a great club and a unique club and I’m delighted that I’ve got the opportunity to manage it.”
Newcastle often come good in the second half and their last nine home goals have all come after the break, so Bruce’s boys to win the second half appeals at 9/5 in the Newcastle vs West Ham odds.
Last Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Lascelles, Krafth, Fernandez, Manquillo, Shelvey, Longstaff, Bentaleb, Joelinton, Saint-Maximin, Gayle.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
West Ham were in deep relegation trouble but Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over Chelsea has put daylight between themselves and the bottom three.
Their season resumed with back-to-back 2-0 defeats against Wolves and Tottenham so the midweek result came as a surprise.
That was only their second win since New Year’s Day so we’re not going to read too much into it just yet and they face another tough test against an in-form team this weekend.
West Ham were beaten 3-2 in the reverse fixture at the London Stadium and their last four wins have all been followed by a defeat.
Newcastle have been level at half-time in 18 of their games this season – the most in the Premier League – including in all six of their home wins.
With that in mind, backing the Magpies to win after drawing at half-time at 5/1 is our last Newcastle vs West Ham prediction.
Last West Ham line-up: Fabianski, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks, Lanzini, Fornals, Soucek, Antonio, Rice, Bowen.
Bournemouth 1-4 NEWCASTLE – Dwight Gayle, Sean Longstaff, Miguel Almiron, Valentino Lazaro
WEST HAM 3-2 Chelsea – Tomas Soucek, Michail Antonio, Andriy Yarmolenko
Head-to-head: West Ham 2-3 Newcastle, West Ham 2-0 Newcastle, Newcastle 0-3 West Ham, West Ham 2-3 Newcastle, Newcastle 3-0 West Ham
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