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.
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.