Rafa Benitez's men have struggled to get to grips with Premier League football this season.
Newcastle v West Ham - Saturday 15.00
West Ham have had a tough start to the season with trips to Man Utd and Southampton while the London Stadium is put back together following the World Athletics Championship. After going 2-0 down at Southampton, and having had Marko Arnautovic dismissed, they did at least show some fight to almost snatch a point. Certainly, they are not the worst in the league and they’ve got a good record against promoted teams so Slaven Bilic will fancy kick-starting their season. The Hammers have won half their six trips to promoted sides in the past two seasons and look great value to pick up a first three points here.
The Toon are also pointless at this stage and failed to even score, while rumours of disharmony between Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley only continue to escalate. With Jonjo Shelvey and Florian Lejeune also sidelined Newcastle are missing two players they’ll expect to be key to survival this season. Their absence should give the Hammers a few chances to build on last week’s goals and given they’ve netted at least twice in 12 of their last 21 trips to bottom-half teams and have improved their attack this summer, Over 1.5 West Ham Goals looks a huge price.
If West Ham do win then they’ll most likely need to cover that goals line as they’ve failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 trips to bottom-six sides, with both teams scoring in nine. Nevertheless, eight of their last 10 away wins have come despite conceding, with 3-1 the most common score in that time. However, with Benitez having Newcastle relatively well organised we prefer the 2-1 West Ham score this time.