West Ham continue to be without key men Michail Antonio and Declan Rice as the travel to St James Park on Saturday.
The pair missed out as the Hammers secured a victory last week against high-flying Leicester.
Meanwhile, Newcastle could see Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson return to the starting line up after impacting an important win against Burnley.
Both sides are coming off the back of vital victories. And both sides will be desperate for the points, albeit for different reasons.Embed from Getty Images
Newcastle will be looking to get ahead of relegation rivals as they come into the business end of the season. The Magpies are currently 6 points off the relegation zone, with a game in hand over next place Fulham. However, they cannot afford complacency as West Brom have shown promise under new manager Sam Allardyce.
Meanwhile, West Ham are having the season of their lives. The London club are sitting in 4th position, just 1 point behind Leicester in 3rd after an impressive (if not slightly nervy) victory over the Foxes.
Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey gave his thoughts when he spoke about the weekend’s game to Jamie O’Hara:
“Growing up as a West Ham fan, it’s great to see them where they are and what they’re doing,”
“I used to watch them every week – it will be great if they get into the Champions League next season, with their fans coming back.
“The squad we’ve got on paper, I don’t think theirs is better than ours, to be honest. I think we’ve got a great squad, we just haven’t performed to the level we can. It’s only recently we’ve picked up a few better results.
“That’s given us the belief to finish this season strong, then come back next season and kick on.”
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West Ham will be hoping to keep hold of midfielder Declan Rice, amid interest from a number of different clubs including Chelsea and Arsenal.
Newcastle V West Ham – the Stats
Newcastle’s win against Burnley was just their 3rd win in the last 20 Premier League games
They are, however, unbeaten in their last 4 home games.
Newcastle won the reverse fixture 2-0, beating West Ham at the London Stadium on the first day of the season.
The side are looking to achieve their fifth Premier League double over West Ham.Embed from Getty Images
Callum Wilson has scored 10 goals and provided 5 assists this season, more than any other Newcastle player.
Allan Saint-Maximin attempts 3.1 dribbles/game. Only Adama Traore has more in the Premier League (4.3)
The Hammers have equalled the club Premier League record for most victories in a single season, 16. (BBC)
West Ham have failed to score in just 5/31 games this season. With one of those games coming against Newcastle.
Top scorer Thomas Soucek has 9 goals this season – with just 3 coming from headers.
Soucek has played every minute of the season so far (2,790). Only 11 players have achieved this feat.
Mark Noble played his 400th Premier League game for West Ham – putting him in 38th position of all time Premier League appearances.
Jamaal Lascelles (foot), Isaac Hayden (knee), Fabian Schar (knee) and Ryan Fraser (groin) are still sidelined.
Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin are expected to return after appearing off the bench against Burnley.
Predicted Newcastle XI (3-5-2): Dubravka; Fernandez, Clark, Dummett; Murphy, Almiron, Shelvey, Longstaff, Ritchie; Saint-Maximin, Wilson
West Ham will be without Antonio (hamstring), Rice (knee), and Yarmolenko (knee). With Ogbonna (ankle), Lanzini, Cresswell (hamstring) a doubt.
Mark Noble is expected to return after a knock picked up against Leicester.
Predicted West Ham XI (4-2-3-1): Fabianski; Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Masuaku; Noble, Soucek; Fornals, Lingard, Benrahma; Bowen.
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