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Hammers Very Tough Opponents Tomorrow – Here’s Why

9:28 am, Friday, January 15th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 4 Comments

We see the upbeat reports in the papers about Newcastle’s form against Manchester United and that was good to see, but fairly soon we must convert those good performances to wins otherwise we’ll be down in the relegation zone for some time yet.

It would be great if we can put a string of wins together and move up the table so at least fans know we will be a Premier league club next season.

That’s not clear at the moment.

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Slaven Bilic – West Ham manager – Newcastle a massive club

West Ham are the opponents at home on Sunday and like Arsene Wenger before him West  Ham manager has praised Newcastle as a massive club.

West Ham will be very tough to beat tomorrow and they are having their best season for a long long time under their new impressive manager Slaven Bilic.

West Ham are coming off a good 3-1 win at Bournemouth after being 1-0 down until the 67th minutes when they then scored three goals to win the game.

They move up to 5th place on 35 points and above Tuesday night’s opponents Manchester United and have more than double Newcastle’s measly 17 points.

Slavic hasn’t had any problems taking West Ham into the top five in the league table in his first season in charge.

Those are some reasons why it’s going to be very tough for us tomorrow against a very good in-form side.

This is what Slaven Bilic said about the Magpies:

“Newcastle had a slow start but now they are doing okay.” “They are a massive club, they are improving, they have a very good roster of players.”

“Going forward they have many options, they are very dangerous.” “They had a good comeback against Man United so they are on a high.”

“It should be a good game, at a great stadium so we are really looking forward to it.”

Former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll is injured with a hamstring injury this time and he will be out for a few weeks and will miss the game tomorrow.

However, our nemesis in the game earlier this season when we lost 2-0 – Frenchman Dimitri Payet – is back from injury and starting to play well again and he will be one of the danger men tomorrow.

And West Ham have a couple of good players coming back from injury too, as Bilic gave an injury update on Moses and Kouyate:

“Victor Moses is back with us, he is available,” “Cheikhou Kouyate missed the Bournemouth game, he probably could have played, he was about 85 per cent then, but we had the option of resting him.”

“He is a very physical player, one of the best in the Premier League at what he does, so we didn’t risk him.”

Tomorrow is a water-shed game for us at home and somehow we have to pick up all 3 points.

A win will also help us in our transfer dealings this month.

And the majority of fans for once expect us to win this game – so the lads have to go all out for 3 points tomorrow – and in every single game remaining this season for that matter.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Average_Contents // Jan 15, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Manage to shackle payet and half the jobs done imo.

    Obviously they have a decent squad with dangerous players too but he seems to be the catalyst from where all their decent play emerges this season.

  • 2 archaeomag // Jan 15, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    here’s why – Dimitri Payet

  • 3 Jib // Jan 15, 2016 at 11:15 AM


    Newcastle are at home to West Ham on


    1500 hrs

  • 4 Faddj // Jan 15, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    I’m sorry but our fans are absolutely clueless man…

    Firstly, you all think just because we’ve signed two players, they’re gunna both get put straight into the two central roles of midfield? Wake up. I don’t rate Colback in the slightest, but I can assure you, he will be in the center of the park tomorrow.

    Secondly, Saivet… I’m well away in his interview, he states “I’ll be playing in the middle”, but everyone of our fans are assuming by that, that means he’s a central defensive midfielder!? Anyone who has seen him play, will tell you he is most definitely 100% not a defensive midfielder. He’s an attacking minded player, played both on the wings and in a central attacking position. He looks a similar kind of player to Sadio Mane to me. Yes, I’m confused as to why we need another CAM as we already have the likes of Gini, Sissoko, De Jong who all in my opinion are best playing through the middle, which takes me to my next point…

    Thirdly, Gini, and Sissoko are not wingers!!!!!! It frustrates the life out of me when I see everyone post their line ups and have them both on the wings, they just simply aren’t wingers, I don’t even need to explain why, but they’re just not, end of.

    Fourthly, anyone who rates either Colback, or Dummet, need their brains examined, I’ve had many of arguments with many fellow Geordies about this subject, and everytime I get the same response… “ah but they put a shift in though” I’m well aware, they run, they put in the effort, but for me, effort means absolutely bot all if you’re s**t at football! Stop being so “Geordie proud” and praising them for being a Geordie and putting a shift in. We need talented footballers, these two aren’t that, they’re a pair of talentless try-hards.

    Fifthly, everyone keeps harping on about “GET A NEW CENTERBACK!”…. We have one, sat on our bench every bleeding week, a big, strong, young kid dying for a chance to prove himself, with many of years ahead of him, his name is Jamal Lascelles. Stop crying out for a “marquee signing” and just give what we have a chance. I keep hearing “ah he’s not experienced enough”, blah blah blah, but what about Mbemba? He’s the exact same age, and has never played in England before, yet he’s showing to me to genuinely be one of the best centerbacks I’ve seen at Newcastle in a long long time. So why not put Lascelles in there alongside Mbemba, two strong, tall young blokes, I think given the chance they’d grow into a phenomenal partnership. I can’t accept this” I know but he’s got no experience at the top level”…. Neither did Wayne Rooney when he was 16 and banged a screamer in against Arsenal! I’m not by any means comparing the two, my point is that he never will get “experience” sat on the bench every week! Throw him in at the deep end, and keep Colo on the bench for back up, I know he done well against Man U, but his best years are behind him, Lascelles best years are ahead of him!

    My last point is also referring to another couple of young kids, Aarons and Mbabu, I’m my opinion, they look like the most gifted youngsters we’ve had in years, when fit, get them on the pitch!

    Finally, given a fully fit squad, I’d like to give me opinion on what I think would be our strongest line up with our current roster….


    —————– Krul —————–

    Jaanmat — Mbemba — Lascelles — Mbabu


    Elliot, Colo, Saivet, Anita, De Jong, Obertan, Toney.

    Get rid of Colback, Dummet, Taylor, Willo, Gouffran, Thauvin, Cisse.

    I’m personally sad to see Tiote go, as he gave me the best rush I’ve ever had in my entire life with that corker against Arsenal, but it seems inevitable that he’s off.

    Sign Berahino and Townsend this month and I’ll be more than happy with our squad, just providing Steve picks the right starting 11.

    I couldn’t give a monkeys chuff with anyone who disagrees with any of my views, because I know for a fine fact my Newcastle team lining up the way I’d like them to, would win alot more games than they have done this season.

    Mike Ashley, if you’re reading this, I’ll take Steve’s job in a heartbeat, and I’ll except as little as 2 grand a month, and I bet you’d see a more entertaining team than we’ve seen in recent months.

    Thank you, and good night.

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