Football expert Ryan Elliott gives his preview and two tips for Newcastle vs West Ham
After looking fairly woeful in their first two games back, West Ham’s timely victory over Chelsea was a huge moment in their season, and a result which puts incredible pressure on the sides below them.
It would be hard to argue that the Hammers weren’t good value for their win, and their trip to Newcastle will be seen by David Moyes as a good opportunity to pull further clear of relegation danger.
However, Newcastle haven’t been particularly obliging when it’s come to facing relegation-battlers in recent weeks. They drew 1-1 with Aston Villa, and last time out they battered beleaguered Bournemouth 4-1, which will act as a stark warning to West Ham.
In the seven games collectively played by Newcastle and West Ham since the restart, the two sides in question have kept just one clean sheet between them—Newcastle against ten-man Sheffield United—and for this reason, I’m backing both teams to score.
It’s not a market normally associated with Newcastle, but if West Ham continue their momentum from the Chelsea game (where they looked consistently dangerous for 90 minutes), then they’ll cause Newcastle issues.
However, defensively the Hammers have been poor, conceding six in their first three games back, and a clean sheet at St. James’ looks like a big ask.
As something of a longshot, I’m backing a 1-1 draw.
A 1-1 draw is Newcastle’s second-most common full-time scoreline this season, and I can see this game following a similar pattern to their Villa encounter, rather the fixture against Bournemouth where the Cherries simply rolled over.
Newcastle are a pretty tough side to beat, but with so much wind in their sails after the Chelsea win, I’m backing West Ham to make a good account of themselves.
Ultimately, there’s not a whole lot between these two, and 6/1 for a 1-1 draw looks like a decent punt.