West Ham United vs. Newcastle United: Premier League – Match Preview

Two clubs with fans upset at the owners meet on the opening weekend as Newcastle United travel to face West Ham United.

The decision to sell academy product Grady Diangana to West Brom has angered the supporters of West Ham, after the winger enjoyed an excellent campaign on loan at the Baggies in the Championship.

West Ham themselves have really only made the loan move of Tomas Soucek permanent as they look to improve on a 16th placed finish.

Newcastle fans were left disappointed after another proposed sale of the club fell through, meaning Mike Ashley remains in charge.

They have enjoyed a good transfer window though, adding the likes of Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Jeff Hendrick.

Match history
The two meetings last year saw a surprisingly high nine goals scored, with Newcastle taking four pointss off the Hammers.

The meeting at the London Stadium was a classic, as Newcastle United held onto a 3-2 victory, having gone three up early on.

Last five Premier League meetings
Newcastle United 2 West Ham United 2 – 05/07/20
West Ham United 2 Newcastle United 3 – 02/11/19
West Ham United 2 Newcastle United 0 – 02/03/19
Newcastle United 0 West Ham United 3 – 01/12/18
West Ham United 2 Newcastle United 3 – 23/12/17

Newcastle United DNB – 29/20 with 888 Sport

Team news
Manuel Lanzini is the only injury doubt for the Hammers ahead of the new campaign.

The biggest call in the XI is whether to start Ben Johnson or Ryan Fredericks at right-back.

Martin Dubravka will miss the first few games of the season for Newcastle, meaning Karl Darlow will deputise.

New signing Ryan Fraser is unlikely to be match fit here, however fellow signing Callum Wilson could come straight into the XI.

Expected starting XI’s
West Ham United (4-3-3): Fabianski; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Soucek, Rice, Noble; Bowen, Antonio, Fornals
Newcastle United (4-3-3): Darlow; Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernandez, Lewis; Shelvey, Hayden, Longstaff; Almiron, Wilson, Saint-Maximin

Predictions

Result: Draw (12/5 with Betfair)

Correct Score: 1-1 (6/1 with Bet 365)

Anytime Goalscorer: Michail Antonio (17/10 with Bet 365)

Odds correct at time of article, they are subject to change

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