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Pundit’s Surprise Prediction On West Ham vs Newcastle

8:10 pm, Thursday, September 10th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

West Ham have lost both of their home league games – 2-1 to Leicester City and 4-3 to Bournemouth – and yet on the road they have had two great wins – beating Arsenal 2-0 in the season opener, and then a great 3-0 win at Anfield.

So it looks like the Hammers are a good team on the road but maybe not so good at home, which is one reason we think Newcastle United will have a good chance of winning the game on Monday night.

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Paul Merson – picks West Ham to win

But Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson doesn’t see it that way – and he predicts a 2-1 West Ham win.

This is what Paul has said about what he thinks is a really weird game:

“If this game was at St James’ Park I would say West Ham straight away, but at Upton Park I’m not sure.”

“They’ve played against two teams who you would expect to finish in the bottom half of the table at home and lost convincingly to both of them, and then gone and played two teams you’d expect to finish in the top five and won away.”

“This is a really weird game this one, Newcastle are heading in the right direction under Steve McClaren, even if the results haven’t been great. I fancy West Ham here slightly, but it’s going to be a difficult game.”

Newcastle must have a decent chance of winning this game and West Ham are not as good as the other four teams we have played this season – Southampton, Swansea, Manchester United and Arsenal.

It would be a very good time for Newcastle to get their first league win of the season.

And Newcastle fans seem fairly confident we can take something out of this game, with over half thinking we can get all 3 points.

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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 welshgeordie9 // Sep 10, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    When was the last time Merson predicted a win for us, he’s worse than savage and lawrenson.

  • 2 firebug666 // Sep 10, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    So far we have played four games, two of those we played with 10 men, two we managed to draw, two we were camped in our own 18 yard box for most of the 90 minutes, none have we looked like winning yet.

    I’m all for giving the head coach time, but I would like to see us trying to win games, rather than defend our 18 yard box and try to make Coloccini look half decent.

    This 4-2-3-1 formation has just not worked at all for us, our striker (whoever that is) get isolated so become neither use nor ornament, we cannot get out of our own half and so resort to hoofing the ball to an isolated striker who has a CB on each shoulder.

    I think it is now time to be adventurous, and change the formation to a more attacking one. We need to force the opposition to defend their goal more, rather than taking pot shots at ours.

    A 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 would see us pressing the opposition more and take some of the strain from our defence, that still seems to be lacking, and in need of strong commanding CB.

    If we play 4-2-3-1 on Monday night I think we will lose, maybe 2-0.

  • 3 welshgeordie9 // Sep 10, 2015 at 8:16 PM

    I’m 1st get in there.

  • 4 firebug666 // Sep 10, 2015 at 8:17 PM


    Time to crack open the champagne there boyo, you got a first in something….

  • 5 IITianToon // Sep 10, 2015 at 8:28 PM


    The reason the 4-2-3-1 does not seem to have worked is because we have played 4-2-3 in 2 of the games with 10 men, against possibly two of the best possession teams in Swansea and Arsenal. So it is misleading to draw any conclusions from those two games. ManU away is always a difficult game, and you need to rely on heroic defending to get a point (which we did) and little bit of luck to get 3 (which we were close to by matter of inche; bar/Thauvin’s toe).

    Our performances in the next 3 games, hopefully with 11 men, will give us a clearer idea if 4-2-3-1 works or not yet.

  • 6 IITianToon // Sep 10, 2015 at 8:30 PM

    Against West Ham, would love to see this team:

    But will probably end up seeing:

  • 7 SUTTY1978 // Sep 10, 2015 at 8:37 PM

    Firebug, agree completely. Don’t let JIB catch you though, he’ll be chasing you out of Toon with a pitchfork!

  • 8 spaghetti bandit // Sep 10, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Has merson ever predicted us to win a game,, a would love to see the point totals we would finish on based purely on his predictions for us every season,, bloke does me head in talking bowt us,, for him to say if it was at St James he would pick West Ham straight away is an insult,, were not a league one club ffs

  • 9 Bobbybee // Sep 10, 2015 at 8:52 PM

    IItian, I think you might get your first wish, judging from the noises coming out of SJP. I would definitely go with your first choice myself. Gini breaking quickly from deep is something he does well and we have the pace to rip them at the back.

    I think we looked like beating Southampton for a lot of the game, but since then it’s been difficult to judge with 2/3 being played with ten men and the other being at OT – where we should bear in mind we came home with a point and could even have nicked it at the end. I hope WHU play all their new signings because that might suit us better – settling in might not be too easy at first. Clearly their defence struggles at home and their fans can be quick to turn on them. We need to try and use that to our favour and the longer we frustrate them, the better the chances they’ll turn. An early goal would be ideal.

  • 10 Bobbybee // Sep 10, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Spaghetti, EVERYONE is a league 1 side compared to his beloved Arsenal. He wears red n white blinkersand, as you point out, he always predicts us to lose. Too much marching powder and booze has frazzled his brain 😉

  • 11 OneAlanShearer // Sep 10, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    I want to see 451 and attacking with pace on the break.


    Janmaat Mbemba Colo Haidara

    Obertan sissoko colback Wijnaldum Aarons


    I expect us to go 4231 though.

  • 12 BrightonMag // Sep 10, 2015 at 11:20 PM

    I’m VERY surprised to find that the last time he predicted a win for us was the last day of last season!

  • 13 The Great Valerio // Sep 11, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Anyone else realised the absolute futility in predicting results yet?

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