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PREVIEW: Newcastle United v West Ham – 26/08/17

Newcastle United v West Ham United

Date: 26/08/2017

K.O: 15:00pm

This weekend St James’ Park will be host to Newcastle United v West Ham, two teams who will be desperate to get their first points of the season and kick-start their respective campaigns.

Newcastle will be looking for a win to brighten the mood in the Toon, especially after they were knocked out of the League cup on Wednesday by lower league Nottingham Forrest 2-3 after extra time. It has been the same story in the league for Newcastle, losing both of the first two games and leaving them dwindling at the bottom end of the table. Their last league game was also a disappointment as they lost 1-0 away to Huddersfield Town – a performance that was very much below par for a Premier League team.

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However, the visitors will be hoping to push on from their victory against Cheltenham, where they ran out as 2-0 victors to secure their place in the next round. This win will boost Slaven Bilic’s team’s confidence as they lost their first two games in the league consequently leaving them cemented to the bottom of the table.

Although there is hope for the Hammers who missed out on their first point of the season after a soft penalty was given against them in their away 3-2 defeat to Southampton, in which they fought back with ten men from 2-0 down to 2-2.

Team News:

Newcastle will be without key defenders Florian Lejeune and Paul Dummett as they are still injured from their opening day fixture. They will also be without Jonjo Shelvey who is still suspended.

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West Ham on the other hand will be welcoming back Cheikhou Kouyate, Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll who will be looking for a starting berth in the squad. Although they will be without Winston Reid after he pulled his hamstring in the warm-up against Southampton and Marko Arnautovic who is suspended.

West Ham will want to be moving up the table this weekend after missing out on a point against the Saints. The Hammers will be looking to be victorious against a downbeat Newcastle side, which do stand a chance but they will need the fans to get behind them and to grab an early goal. Although, Hernandez would be expected to continue his goal scoring form.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-3 West Ham

Written by Henry Tomlinson.

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Premier League Table

# Team MP W D L P
1 Manchester City 37 28 6 3 90
2 Liverpool 37 27 8 2 89
3 Chelsea 37 20 11 6 71
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 21 5 11 68
5 Arsenal 37 21 3 13 66
6 Manchester United 37 16 10 11 58
7 West Ham United 37 16 8 13 56
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 15 6 16 51
9 Leicester City 37 13 10 14 49
10 Brighton & Hov… 37 11 15 11 48
11 Brentford 37 13 7 17 46
12 Newcastle United 37 12 10 15 46
13 Crystal Palace 37 10 15 12 45
14 Aston Villa 37 13 6 18 45
15 Southampton 37 9 13 15 40
16 Everton 37 11 6 20 39
17 Burnley 37 7 14 16 35
18 Leeds United 37 8 11 18 35
19 Watford 37 6 5 26 23
20 Norwich City 37 5 7 25 22

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