Newcastle United v West Ham United Preview & Tips
Newcastle United are looking out of their depth and desperately need points on the board
August 25th, 2017
There appear to be serious problems at Newcastle United at the moment. There have been rumblings galore amongst the discontented supporters and rumours abound of unrest and backroom issues. It is crystal clear that Mike Ashley isn’t backing boss Rafael Benitez in the summer transfer market and it is also becoming clear that the current squad is very much out of its depth in the Premier League.
This was thrown into sharp focus when the Magpies lost to both Tottenham Hotspur and Huddersfield Town, however their midweek exit from the EFL Cup at the hands of Championship side Nottingham Forest will have been difficult to accept for the disgruntled fans.
This season is looking likely to be a very long one for Newcastle United and things could go from bad to worse when they face West Ham United at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon. The Hammers are hardly hitting the high notes as things stand although whilst they have suffered defeat in each of their opening two games, the manner in which they performed against Southampton while down to 10 men was encouraging.
Nevertheless there remain real concerns in defence and as such, manager Slaven Bilic will likely be looking to simply outscore the Magpies on Saturday afternoon. With Chicharito and Michail Anonio in the ranks we fancy their chances of doing just that. Odds of 5/1 are up for grabs on West Ham winning and both teams scoring and this is certainly worthy of a punt given that all-but-one of West Ham’s last eight outings have returned over 2.5 goals and the Magpies’ defence looked frail against Spurs and Huddersfield Town.