Newcastle have lost their last three league games and their last four games in all competitions, so at the very least we are hoping that streak will end at Upton Park today, against 4th bottom West Ham United, who are struggling against relegation, and hopefully we can even get the win.
It’s not that Newcastle have played badly in all the last four games, and against Arsenal and Manchester City we were unlucky not to get something out of each of those games, and last week our lads were simply terrific against City – but we just didn’t get the breaks.
The only unacceptable performance was the home game in the FA Cup against Cardiff City, which was one of our worst performances at home this season.
West Ham broke an eight game streak without a win last weekend when they beat Cardiff City 2-0 in south Wales, against another side fighting relegation, so they will likely be upbeat for this game at home today.
With being out of the FA Cup at the first attempt, Newcastle now have only 17 league games to play and after today’s game we have next weekend off, which is why the squad is reported to be off to Abu Dhabi for few days of warm weather training and some bonding before our next game in 10 days at Norwich City.
Fab Coloccini is still out with his knee injury and Mathieu Debuchy serves the final game of his three match ban for getting himself sent off against West Brom, and after the great performance last weekend against City we don’t think Alan Pardew will make any changes from the side that did so well, even though we lost that game.
So here’s the likely starting team today in a 4-3-3 formation:
Yanga-Mbiwa Williamson Taylor (S) Santon
Tiote (c) Cabaye Anita
Sissoko Remy Gouffran
Subs: Elliot Haidara Gosling Ben Arfa Marveaux Ameobi (Sh) Cisse
That’s a good side, and if we can play somewhere near our best today, there’s no reason why we cannot get back on the winning track, and that will be important if we are finish in the top eight or even the top six this season.
And as many as 60% of fans think we will win this game today.
And in the crazy world of Newcastle that’s a little worrying to us, simply because the lads seem to do well when not expected to – and vice versa.
But if we are to replicate our 5th finish of two years ago, these are the games we should be winning, and hopefully the lads can bring home the bacon today, and have a welcome win before their mid winter break.
That’s just exactly what we are hoping for today.
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