Tomorrow’s game at West Ham is an important game and we must win it to have any chance of finishing in the top half of the table this season.
Our final 3 league games of the season are all against teams above us in the league table. The other two games are Chelsea at home and Everton away, so tomorrow’s game could be the easiest of our 3 remaining games.
The game is also an opportunity for Newcastle to get their third double of the season after we fairly easily beat West Ham 3-1 at St. James’ Park on 23rd September, when everything was still looking quite good for the Newcastle United club.
Kevin has no injury worries and will almost certainly field an unchanged side that got us a comfortable victory last Sunday against arch rivals Sunderland, and the game tomorrow will allow the Newcastle fans to see better just how good Kevin’s team is right now.
We have not been at our best since we took Tottenham Hotspur apart, and we’ll need to be near our best to win tomorrow in London.
On the injury front Kevin Keegan has no real worries with all his main players available to compete and the only question will be who makes the subs bench.
Here’s the team and subs we expect for tomorrow’s game:
Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
Geremi Butt Barton
Martions Viduka Owen
Subs: Forster Edgar Emre Milner Smith
It means no place on the subs bench for Duff or N’Zogbia, but we expect Kevin wants to take a look at both Emre and Milner, and we think Charles will now leave Newcastle in the summer.
For Alan Curbishley’s West Ham, they have had terrible injuries this season, with Dyer and Bellamy, both former Newcastle players, out for the season. Scott Parker and the great Nobby Solano are included in the squad. and we expect both of them to get a game tomorrow.
But Dean Ashton, who may be a Newcastle target in the summer, is back in full training and could make the team tomorrow.
West Ham (from): Green, Pantsil, McCartney, Tomkins, Neill, Faubert, Solano, Noble, Parker, Ljungberg, Boa Morte, Sears, Cole, Zamora, Upson, Ferdinand, Collison, Mullins, Ashton, Walker, Spector.