Newcastle vs West Ham PreView – Newcastle Win

It’s an important game against West Ham on early Sunday afternoon at St. James’ Park. The KO is at 1:30 pm.

Important because the team needs to recover from the very disappointing display on Monday night, and get back on track in the league. Since we are not in Europe this season we have to take every league game seriously and get as many points as we can from each one.

That’s the best way to get back into Europe next season, where we belong.


West Ham are similar to Newcastle in having a bunch of new players and have made a decent start to the season including a win we saw on TV last weekend against Middlesbrough at Upton Park where they woke up in the second half with 3 goals and deserved the win and the score.

West Ham have a good 10 points from their first 5 games with 3 wins, a draw and one defeat on the first day of the season to much improved Manchester City. They lost 2-0 at Upton Park to City and are currently in 6th place in the league. Newcastle have 8 points from the first 5 games with 2 wins, 2 draws and a defeat against Derby County at Pride Park on Monday, which we all know about only too well. We are currently in 10th place in the league.

Newcastle have done well at St. James’ Park under Sam Allardyce this season, still having to concede our first goal having won 2 and drawn 1. On the other hand West Ham have won all their away games and are looking for their fifth consecutive away league win. The Hammers are the only club not to concede an away goal in the Premier League and Newcastle have yet to concede a home goal in the Premiership – interesting isn’t it? Hope that doesn’t mean a 0-0 draw though 😀

Another stat that is interesting is that West Ham have not won on Tyneside for 9 seasons. Also, the last hat trick for Newcastle we remember very well was Michael Owen against West Ham, in the 2-4 Premier League win at Upton Park on 17 December 2005, when Michael partnered Alan Shearer in a memorable game.

The really interesting item from a Newcastle fans’ viewpoint is what the team will be on Sunday. We have a gut feeling that Michael Owen will not make the game through injury, although we hope that Mark Viduka does, since he’s already been out 3 weeks with his hamstring problem.

Steve Harper will again start in goal but we expect Shay to be back for the Arsenal game in the League Cup on Tuesday night at the Emirates. We would like to see Habib Beye start his first game but comments from Sam today suggest that may not happen. In any case this is the team we hope Sam goes with on Sunday, but there are still some injury doubts and we are assuming right now that Owen will not make it.


Beye Rozehnal Cacapa Taylor

Milner Smith Butt N’Zogbia

Viduka Martins

Subs: Given, Ameobi, Faye, Enrique, Geremi

The referee will be Mike Riley (Leeds, Yorkshire).

Injury doubts lie with Rozehnal, Viduka and Enrique.

Former Newcastle players Bellamy and Dyer are both out injured and will not make the trip to Tyneside, but we expect to see Lee Bowyer start. We hope to see Scott Parker, recently returned from injury, and the great Nobby Solano, both on the bench.

We have to think we can win this game, but we do expect it to be very close and hopefully a good competitive and entertaining game, 2-1 to Newcastle 😀

What do you think?

You can leave you opinions here and also on our Newcaste United Forum on the game.

Comments always very welcome.

25 comments so far

  • SelangorFC

    Sep 21, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Toon to win 3-1, and west ham will get consolation goal from Solano.
    Come on lad, wake up and prove it!!

  • aaron d

    Sep 21, 2007 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    ‘Since we are not in Europe this season we have to take every league game seriously and get as many points as we can from each one.’

    Shouldn’t we do that wether we are in europe or not??

  • aaron d

    Sep 21, 2007 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    can’t see geremi not starting as he is our captain, plus don’t think taylor will be used at left back.

  • Dimitri

    Sep 21, 2007 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    This is what I would like to see:


    Tayler, Rozenhal, Cacapa, Nzogbia

    Milner, Geremi, Butt

    Owen, Viduka, Martins

  • Aussie geordie

    Sep 21, 2007 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Shame to see Butt say at the end of his statement that it was only one game and it was not time to panic. Firstly professionals should never panic and secondly Derby home or away should invlove us taking some points. By losing to them it means any win against Arsenal, Chealsea, Man U or the Pool are worthless as those points are simply replacing ones that should have been rightfully won elsewhere. Played like shit last week and Sam needs to find a way to get more creativity going in the top half of the pitch

  • Ryan

    Sep 21, 2007 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Enrique in at left back, Geremi over Butt and Given back in goal. Good call on Martins though, he needs a start.

  • Big Sam Fan

    Sep 21, 2007 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Big game this weekend and to bounce back we need a full strength side:

    Given (C)

    Beye Taylor Cacapa Enrique

    Milner Smith Zogbia

    Owen Viduka Martins

    Subs: Harper, Rozehnal, faye, ameobi, Geremi

    I know the 4 3 3 formation is not looked on with great excitement but we did look better in the last 20 mins against derby with it! although i dont liek ameobi we need a resever striker, butt has been withdrawn from the team due to the fact hes shit (although now hell prove me wrong probably and scor a brace of goals) beye over rozy because a righ back is definatly needed and taylor is better than roz at centre back!! with a very attacking midfield we can get a couple of early goals and then late on bring on faye and geremi to be more defensive and hold onto that lead!! HOWAY THE LADS!!

  • Neil A H

    Sep 21, 2007 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #8

    They need to come out like the first game at Bolton and put West Ham on the defensive in the first half. I think they will play well but that it will be hard fought draw 1-1.

  • Pete

    Sep 21, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Would take a draw, can’t see us scoring though – we may have an awesome strikeforce but there is no supply to them.

    West Ham will be up for this, how many times last season did players score against their old club

  • yemozone

    Sep 21, 2007 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #10

    Ryan- i agree wit u 110%.shay for harper,geremi for butt,faye for smith,taylor for enrique/ zog.

  • nightfall

    Sep 21, 2007 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #11


    beye rozehnal cacapa enrique

    ………….geremi faye

    martins n’zogbia milner


    subs: harper, taylor, smith, owen, butt

  • evil dick

    Sep 21, 2007 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #12

    my preferred team:

    beye cacapa taylor enrique

    milner geremi faye n’zogbia

    ……………martins viduka

    my prediction:

    beye cacapa taylor n’zogbia

    smith geremi butt milner

    ……………martins viduka

    I’m assuming roz and owen will be injured, even if they aren’t i think they will only make the bench.

  • Pete

    Sep 21, 2007 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #13

    My preffered team:


    Geremi cacapa Rose enrique (or taylor)

    …………..Viduka (or Smith)


  • Hadji

    Sep 21, 2007 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #14

    I was at the stadium watching Bolton against Rabotnicki from Macedonia,and from what i saw from Bolton made me wanna think about Newcastle’s win against them.
    They’re nothing special(Bolton i mean)

  • Pete

    Sep 21, 2007 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #15

    We have not had one good performance. Bolton were better than us in the second half (and they really are a shadow of their former selves).

    Villa over run us.

    Boro was very even, Derby – you can only laugh.

  • Kristofer

    Sep 21, 2007 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #16

    My preffered team

    Beye Cacapa Rozenhal Enrique

    Geremi Smith
    Milner N´Zogbia

  • Kristofer

    Sep 21, 2007 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #17

    My preffered team

    Beye Cacapa Rozenhal(Taylor) Enrique

    Geremi Smith
    Milner N´Zogbia

    Viduka Martins

    Sub: Harper, Owen, Taylor(Roz), Faye, Butt

    Likely team:

    Taylor Cacapa Rozenhal(Faye) N´Zogbia

    Smith Butt Geremi

    Milner Viduka Martins

    Sub: Given, Roz or Faye, Owen, Ameobi, Enrique

    I would prefer playing 442 but i asume sam will play 443, I think owen should be rested. I would like to see beye and enrique in the full backs and put N´Zogbia on the wing. Viduka and martins are good together and i think they can tease the west ham defence if milner and n´zogbia get the right balls to them.

    Deffinatly a must win game. I say 3-1 newcastle: Viduka, Martins, N´Zogbia

  • Hadji

    Sep 21, 2007 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #18

    I really hope we’ll win but to do that we have to forget the Derby game first.
    Its gonna be a nail biting game but i have a feeling that Viduka will get the match winner goal this time.
    2-1 (i hope)

  • Sinead

    Sep 21, 2007 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #19

    What Harper starting..again. This is getting beyond a joke like, ya great that Sam’s rewarding loyalty and such but it’s 6 or so games in and the better keeper is still on the bench.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 21, 2007 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Sinead – I’m sure Given will be back against Arsenal – then we’ll see what Sam’s intentions are for Saturday at Manchester City.

  • Danger Mouse

    Sep 21, 2007 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Hate to burst everyone’s bubble but Enrique is coming off an injury, not match fit and fill NOT feature against the Hammers. You’re gonna have to be a little more creative with your line-ups people.

  • Sinead

    Sep 22, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Right so Ed so what, they just play the better keeper against the better teams, what does that say about it.

  • Graeme

    Sep 22, 2007 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Cant see what Harper has done to be dropped, therefore why drop him?? Its what kept Given in place for most of last season – if its good for the goose, its good for the gander!!!!

    I can see another of Eds “blips” coming up in this game. Unless we start like we mean to take them apart and then keep it up, WHU will hold fast for the first 30 mins, knowing we have strikers who can score, but no service to them.

    Unless there is a dramatic turn around of attitude, effort and tactics, we will be lucky to get the point we start with. I so hope I am wrong.

    I hope that they have trained all week, know what the plan is and put it into operation. We should be capable of taking West Ham, comfortably, with the players available, but I seem to recall that sentiment before!!

    I think it could be a close game although I believe we could win it comfortably. Depends which Newcastle team turns up!!!!

  • bob

    Sep 22, 2007 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #24

    first of all i think butt will be lucky to be on the bensh after his woeful performance on monday night, so this is the team i think it should be:

    …………………….Given (as he is the better keeper)

    Beye Cacapa Rozenhal Taylor

    Milner Smith N’Zogbia
    ……………Martins Viduka

    Smith lucky though if he does start as i havt been impressed with him atall since he signed, Sam says hes versatile but i say hes confused and doesnt kno where his best position is

  • Sinead

    Sep 23, 2007 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #25

    Shay is the better keeper, ya fine Harper’s been OK but that’s the extent of it really, he’s been ok. Given is alot better. Now I can understand (to an extent) why he didn’t play Given earlier on in the season, Harper hadn’t done anything to be droped, Sam was rewarding him for his loyalty, ya great, but like it’s getting a little ridiculous now like. Given is the better keeper, he should be in goal, not Harper. That’d be like Man U keeping Rooney out and leaving Eagles in cause he’s made no mistakes. It’s getting beyond a joke now like.

    Keeping Harper in goals so he doesn’t get his feelings hurt and keeping the better keeper on the bench. You don’t see the likes of Man U and Arsenal doing it, all this lovey dovey crap had gone on for a bit too long now. If Given doesn’t get games and get them fast I’m pretty sure Wenger (who might be in the market for a keeper) will be wanting a word with him. Rumours are going around again, well rumurs of rumours that he could be going to Arsenal. Wenger hasn’t kept it a secret in how much he likes Shay. He didn’t go the last time because he was getting first team football but now what’s stoping him?? If he’s not getting it at Newcastle why not go somewhere better and get it there.


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