Newcastle vs West Ham – Match Preview

Newcastle play West Ham United tonight in a crucial Premier League game, and although West Ham have had a revival over the holidays with 7 points from their three games, this is an excellent chance for Newcastle to put 3 more points up on the board.

And this could be Newcastle’s first double of the season,  after the Magpies beat West Ham at Upton Park 2-1 on 23rd October.

With both Fulham and Birmingham winning this week, West Ham are back down to 3rd bottom place on 20 points from their 21 games played, with Newcastle currently in 10th place with 25 points from just 20 games.

So a win tonight at St. James’ Park would put Newcastle a full 8 points clear of the Hammers with a game in hand.

Newcastle will again be without Andy Carroll, but that didn’t stop Newcatsle getting a good win at Wigan on Sunday, and putting in a solid performance.

That was especially true in defense, where Newcastle were hardly troubled by an ineffective Wigan attack.

West Ham are unbeaten in their last 4 games, after drawing at Blackburn and at home to Everton, and winning at Fulham and at home to Wolves.

So both West Ham wins have been against relegation sides, but it would seem that the Hammers are finally starting to pick up some form at last this season, after a terrible start under new manager Avram grant.

But Newcastle have also been in decent form lately, and with the advantage of home soil, the Magpies have to be fancied for all 3 points tonight.

Newcastle will go on the attack against the Hammers tonight, and we have to think that both Ameobi and Lovenkrands will get another chance up front, with Nile Ranger and Leon Best likely to get their chance sometime in the second half.

One key to the game for Newcatsle is for the strikers to take their chances,  and of quite a few chances at the DW Stadium they took only one, through Shola Ameobi on 19 minutes, and also hit the cross-bar twice, with headers from Coloccini and Steven Taylor.

But one of the pleasing things with the game on Sunday is that Newcastle continually carved out the chances, and we hope the strikers, who have a chance to show what they can do with Andy Carroll missing, will be more ruthless with their chances tonight.

The West Ham rearguard is not the strongest part of their side, and we expect Newcastle to again carve out the chances, throughout the game – as they will play with two up front,  in an attacking 4-4-2 formation.

One area of the Newcastle team that has hardly been good or consistent so far this season is the defense.

But with Steven Taylor and Steve Harper now back in the side, the experience level has increased significantly,  and we just have to hope that the stupid mistakes that have been made this season, are a thing of the past.

So we’d like to see another strong and solid Newcastle performance tonight, and if we can do that Newcastle will have every chance of taking all 3 points.

We expect the side to be unchanged from that which started the game against Wigan on Sunday:

Simpson Coloccini Taylor (S) Enrique
Barton Tiote Nolan (c) Gutierrez
Ameobi Lovenkrands
Subs: Krul Perch Williamson Smith Best Ranger Routledge

West Ham at home is a game Newcastle should be winning, and it’s these games we have to play well in and win, and then we could soon be safe in the Premier League for another year.

But as Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said earlier this week, it seems that any side can beat any other side in the Premier League this season, and it’s hard to predict any game in this  rather strange season.

Lets hope there are no surprises tonight, and Newcastle put in a solid display and pick up all 3 points.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Bucks mag

    Jan 5, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Will be tough tonight . 2-1 Newcastle

  • McGroin

    Jan 5, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #2

    I would drop Taylor for Williamson but that is my opinion

  • carrollsinger

    Jan 5, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #3

    3-1 tonight shola Nolan and routledge

  • lewytoon

    Jan 5, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #4

    chuffed with ben arfa! glad we rejected carroll 😀 now hammer the hammers!

  • Ghali

    Jan 5, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #5

    probably the same side with no changes..i have a good feeling about it because thank god its all good news all over today and we need this win..hope Lovenkrands scores today

  • McGroin

    Jan 5, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #6

    I hope the completing the deal of Ben Arfa doesn’t side track the players tonight.

  • Selbymag

    Jan 5, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #7

    McGroin – whats your resoning behind droppint Taylor. Was solid at Wigan won every header.
    Ok I realise Wigan didnt offer much but Willo has look like an accident wating to happen much of the season.
    I dont think there is much between them but I think if nothing else Taylor “wants it more”.
    I go 2-1 tonight

  • McGroin

    Jan 5, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #8

    I must agree with you about him winning every header,He is crap on the ball,He doesn’t like being under pressure and He just thumps the long ball down the pitch…. Which is pointless when you need the ball to score.We play better Football with Colo and Williamson at the back.

  • Sinner

    Jan 5, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Some more good news. 😀
    We might see a glimpse of Gosling tonight.(If he is included in the team squad).

  • Selbymag

    Jan 5, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #10

    A game of opinions McGroin thanks for your answer.
    TO be honest at least Taylor hits the ball diagonally allowing the centre forwards to make some space instead of just lumping it down the middle.
    Looking forward to the game tonight hopefully the crowd will be up for it again as the atmosphere has been better the last couple of games.
    So if you are there tonight people let get of our arse and support the boys 🙂

  • McGroin

    Jan 5, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Oh Classs 😀

  • McGroin

    Jan 5, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #12

    To be honest when you got the likes of Shola ( how he is lazy at times) the long ball doesn’t work,Shola isnt going to run after something hes not going to get.You only hit the ball diagonally when it is only on and the striker wants it.
    Ps I hate Long ball football 😀

  • Selbymag

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Im not a fan of long ball either but seeing as though we have two widemen who couldnt cross their legs we are limited.
    Saying that would like to see us go 4-4-2 with barton in the middle instead of Nolan. Although seeing as though Nolan did nowt at Wigan he should be bursting with energy tonight.
    Hopefully Jonas will turn up tonight realising he is playing for his future starting place (back end of season I know) now Ben Arfa has signed.

  • carrollsinger

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Anyone heard about gosling he maybe on the bench for tonights game

  • Bucks mag

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #15

    I think Taylor had a really good against Wigan, he has looked very solid since he came back into the side. I also think Williamson is quality and can more than hold his own, but Taylor deserves his place through meritocracy.

  • ginarfa

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Actually y dont we try playin best n xisco..we neva tried tried them or made use of them…they mite do a gd job can see tat best is hungry for some action n xisco though he is nt a proven goal scorer he is gd at creatin opportunities n can dribble beta than lovenkrands

  • BeeGuy

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #17

    ginarfa, I’d expect Best, Xiaco, Ranger, Willo, Krul and (if healthy) Gosling to be in the starting side vs. Stevenage. I’d look for Ferguson, Vukic and Kadar (if healthy), as well. But tonight, it is the big guns that start & try to get the 3 points that help add some breathing room from the bottom. A few more wins and the team can return to the concept of how high up they can finish rather than just keeping their heads above water.

  • tjshawsey

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #18

    ^^^^Agree with BeeGuy

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jan 5, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Because ginarfa, Xisco and Best are not proven, and you can’t just afford to put untested strikers against a team, substitutes yes, but not starting. Shola had a good first touch against Wigan, and Lovenkrands pace had their defense scrambling at times.
    Xisco isn’t good enough for this league anyway, he’s proved that in the games he has played, I’d rather Ranger and Best coming on second half.

  • Kocovski

    Jan 5, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Williamson In Taylor Out


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