West Ham United v Newcastle United Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Saturday, November 2, 2019


London Stadium

Punter's Pick

Andriy Yarmolenko has been a source of useful goals in recent home games for the Hammers, and is generously priced at 13/2 to open the scoring on Saturday. Goals are likely to be at a premium as an out of sorts home side take on an ultra defensive opponent, so 2.5 goals and under with Betfair looks to be a sensible option as well.

 

Stuttering West Ham play host to dour Newcastle United on Saturday, with both sides in urgent need of three points to inject some momentum into their season.

Hammers fading after a promising start

After an encouraging start to the season, with talk of a top six finish and beyond starting to swirl around the club, the Hammers have come crashing back down to Earth with a run of just two points in their last four league games. That dismal return has put them firmly back in mid-table in tenth position before the weekend games kick off, a disappointing return after their start to the campaign.

Part of the problem for the Hammers has been the inconsistency of some of their key players in recent weeks. Record signing Sebastien Haller is enduring a goal drought, and last season’s standout player Felipe Anderson is struggling with a case of ‘second season syndrome’. The Brazilian looks unrecognisable from the player that lit up the Premier League last season, currently struggling for form and confidence and barely holding onto his place in the starting XI. 

Newcastle to park the bus as usual?

Newcastle have hardly been setting the Premier League alight themselves this season, with a misfiring Brazilian of their own struggling to make an impact. Record signing Joelinton was expected to provide the firepower to compliment the hardworking nature of the side, but just one goal so far this season suggests he has failed to so far adapt to the rigours of the English game. 

In his defence manager Steve Bruce prefers to adopt a cautious approach both home and away, usually looking to set his side up to avoid defeat rather than seriously threaten the opposition. A dismal return of just six league goals scored in ten games is testament to that, and flair players like Joelinton and fellow South American Miguel Almiron are inevitably struggling to flourish in such a dour side.

Team News

West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere has been ruled out with a groin problem, whilst Michail Antonio who has been out since August is nearing a return and could be available in two to three weeks time. Winston Reid continued his comeback from a long term knee injury in a U23 game in midweek but is unlikely to be risked for a few more weeks.

Newcastle forward and former Hammer Andy Carroll is fit to face his former club after overcoming his latest injury, this time a groin problem. Steve Bruce however will be without the services of injured trio Matt Ritchie, Fabian Schar and Florian Lejeune, while Sean Longstaff begins a three-match suspension. 

Hammers to have too much quality?

Despite their recent stumbling form, the Hammers will view this as an ideal game to get back on track against a struggling opponent. Newcastle’s game plan will be to sit deep in two banks of four and hope to nick a goal on the counter or from a set piece, but if the Hammers turn on the class they should easily overcome an opponent that rarely picks up many points on their travels.

Punter's Pick

Andriy Yarmolenko has been a source of useful goals in recent home games for the Hammers, and is generously priced at 13/2 to open the scoring on Saturday. Goals are likely to be at a premium as an out of sorts home side take on an ultra defensive opponent, so 2.5 goals and under with Betfair looks to be a sensible option as well.

 

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