West Ham v Newcastle – Match Preview
Author: Brian Knox. Published: 2 March 2019 at 4:12pm
Away to Man City is always going to be a difficult game but it becomes even more difficult when referees try their best to give the home team (big team) any advantage they can. I don’t agree with the decision to give the penalty it was very soft. City may have deserved the win but we did defend excellently and created a great chance at the end. I expect different tactics as we entertain Newcastle this afternoon.
Newcastle have been one of the form teams of the Premiership over the last 6 games 4 wins and just the 1 defeat will fill them with confidence as they come down to London. It’s usually a good game when we play Newcastle and I think it will be open and entertaining. They are 5 points behind us in 13th position and while not safe from relegation I don’t feel they will be anywhere near the bottom at the end of the season.
We need to start getting some wins on the board as Wolves and Watford have pulled away from us but we have 36 points, level with Everton. 10th place should really be the minimum of what we should expect this season so in that sense the only way is up. We have only won once in the last six games but I really expect that to change over the next six.
As usual our injury list is quite a bit longer than our opponents as we are missing Wilshire, Sanchez, Masuaku, Reid, Balbuena and Yarmolenko. But the good news is that Cresswell who missed the midweek game due to a broken toe should be able to play today.
I really look forward to the day when West Ham have a full squad to choose from and to see just how good we could be when and if everyone is fit.
Newcastle are missing local boy Shelvey, Elliot and Clark. We also welcome back ex West Ham player Mo Diame.
Predicted Team’s :
West Ham United : Fabianski, Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Snodgrass, Rice, Antonio, Anderson and Hernandez.
Newcastle : Dubravka, Ritchie, Lascelles, Lejeune, Scharr, Manquillo Hayden, Longstaff, Almiron, Perez and Rondon.
When I look at the Newcastle team I really don’t see anything that should worry West Ham. I expect West Ham to beat them comfortably, but of course this is West Ham who we all know never seem to do anything easily. I think as usual we will start slowly but without conceding. We will then grow into the game and get the lead just before half-time. The 2nd half I think we will get another 2 goals and go on to win the game 3-0 goals coming from Hernandez, Snodgrass and Anderson.