As expected, Shola Ameobi will again lead Newcastle’s attack in the crucial encounter with West Ham at St. James’ Park tomorrow night, which kicks off at 7:45 pm.
Andy Carroll – misses West Ham game
Carroll will miss out again with his thigh injury, but that was expected, and there’s also no way he will be risked in the FA Cup third-round game at Stevenage on Saturday afternoon.
The game is a late kick-off game (5:30 pm), and will be televised live around the world.
We expect Alan Pardew to play an attacking formation against West Ham, and Peter Lovenkrands will probably get the start alongside Shola in a 4-4-2 formation.
But we also expect Leon Best to get a chance in the second half, and also Nile Ranger could play a part, depending on how the game goes.
This is a real chance for all four strikers to show what they can do, with talisman Andy Carroll out injured, and Newcastle must go all out for the win at home, against one of the weaker sides in the Premier League.
Although the Hammers are finally showing some signs of life and have taken 7 points out of their 3 holiday games so far, to get themselves into 15th place in the league and off bottom place in the league.
West Ham have only one win on their travels this season, with four draws and five defeats and have conceded 17 goals in their 10 games on the road, and scored only 8 times away from Upton Park.
The hope has to be that striker Andy will be ready for Newcastle’s next game, which is the derby game at Sunderland a week on Sunday, which has an early kick off time at 12:00 pm noon.
Its the first chance Newcastle have of doing the double this season, and who better than Sunderland to record our first double of the season.