Caretaker manager Chris Hughton makes two changes to the side which was beaten by Hull City last Saturday at home.
Damien Duff, who has recovered from a knee injury, returns to midfield in place of the suspended Danny Guthrie, while Claudio Cacapa comes in for his first start of the season at the expense of Shola Ameobi.
That means there is no start for Ignacio “Nacho” Gonzalez or Seb Bassong, and Charles N’Zogbia will presumably move into central midfield with Newcastle playing in a 4-4-2 formation. Captain Michael Owen will pair with the impressive young Xisco in attack. Presumably Cacapa will play at left back.
We think that’s a good move by coach Chris Hughton, and he’s picked a decent team, including some good experience. We think that’s why Seb Bassong hasn’t been included, although the young Frenchman has looked good in every game he’s played so far for Newcastle.
The lads just didn’t look organized and comfortable last week playing 4-3-3, so the new formation we hope will suit them a lot more.
West Ham: Robert Green, Lucas Neil (c), Herita Ilunga, Scott Parker, Matthew Etherington, Carlton Cole, Matthew Upson, Mark Noble, Julien Faubert, Valon Behrami, David Di Michele
Subs: Jan Lastuvka, Walter Lopez, Luis Boa Morte, Hayden Mullins, Callum Davenport, Kyel Reid, Freddie Sears
Newcastle United: Shay Given, David Edgar, Claudio Cacapa, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Geremi, Charles N’Zogbia, Michael Owen (c), Xisco
Subs: Steve Harper, Sebastien Bassong, Ben Tozer, Nacho Gonzalez, Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson, Shola Ameobi
Referee: Phil Dowd