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Newcastle United vs West Ham United Preview – Prediction, how to watch & potential line-ups

Saturday’s Premier League action caps off at St James’ Park with a lopsided encounter between top-four hopefuls Newcastle United and relegation-threatened West Ham United.

Eddie Howe’s high-flyers dispatched Southampton 2-1 in the return leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final tie at the weekend, sealing their place in the first major cup final in 24 years, courtesy of a 3-1 aggregate triumph.

Newcastle’s revival under Saudi Arabian ownership puts the Magpies in a prime position to secure a first top-four finish in the Premier League since 2002/03.

Level on points with fourth-placed Manchester United and three clear of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, they enter this round in third following an outrageous 20-game start to the 2022/23 league season (W10, D9, L1).

Everything the Magpies have done this season stands in stark contrast to West Ham’s thoroughly underwhelming league fortunes, with David Moyes’ side commencing this matchday in the lower reaches.

Only one point above 18th-placed Bournemouth, the Hammers claimed a confidence-boosting 2-0 home win over fellow relegation rivals Everton in their last Premier League outing.

West Ham’s mini-revival continued last weekend as Jarrod Bowen and Michael Antonio inspired the Irons to a comfortable 2-0 triumph at lower-league Derby County in the FA Cup round four.

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Newcastle United

Three of Newcastle’s last four Premier League games have ended level, barring a narrow 1-0 win over Fulham in their most recent league match at St James’ Park. 

Low-scoring fixtures have been a common feature in the Magpies’ rise to stardom under Howe, mainly thanks to a rock-solid backline, which has kept a league-high 12 clean sheets this season. 

Howe’s impenetrable defensive set-up has laid the foundation for Newcastle’s outstanding 95% unbeaten ratio this term, as they’ve trailed their opponents for just 80 minutes in the Premier League in 2022/23.

West Ham United

Following the aforementioned triumph over Everton, West Ham could win back-to-back Premier League games for only the second time this season, underlining their massive problems with consistency. 

Moyes’ men have won none of their last eight away league matches (D2, L6) since a hard-earned 1-0 victory at Aston Villa in late August. 

But West Ham ran out 4-2 victors in this corresponding fixture in 2021/22 and are now looking to win consecutive away league encounters against Newcastle for the first time since 1998. 

Newcastle United vs West Ham United Potential Line-ups

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Nick Pope; Kieran Trippier, Schar, Sven Botman, Dan Burn; Joe Willock, Sean Longstaff, Joelinton; Miguel Almiron, Callum Wilson, Allan Saint-Maximin. 

West Ham United (3-4-2-1): Lucasz Fabianski; Thilo Kehrer, Angelo Ogbonna, Nayef Aguerd; Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice, Emerson; Lucas Paqueta, Jarred Bowen; Michael Antonio. 

How to Watch?

Newcastle United vs West Ham United, alongside all other fixtures in England’s top flight, is available to watch online via live Premier League streams.

Newcastle United vs West Ham United Prediction 

Newcastle’s growing scoring woes may hand West Ham an outside chance to pull off an upset on Tyneside. 

But we’re more inclined to believe the two conservative managers will share the spoils in what promises to be a hard-fought fixture. 

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