Newcastle have some welcomed recovery time after a congested two weeks that featured four matches, including the Carabao Cup. Eddie Howe gave the lads a couple of days off after Saturday’s scoreless draw against Crystal Palace.
Next up is a trip to West Ham this Sunday. The Hammers don’t have the benefit of rest as they take on FCSB in the Europa Conference League tomorrow evening. That will hopefully play to our advantage.
Both Newcastle and West Ham are in the headlines for the wrong reason after last weekend’s VAR debacles. Goals that should have stood were disallowed after pitchside reviews costing West Ham a point and Newcastle potentially three points.
While the Magpies have had a decent start, the same cannot be said for our opponents. West Ham started the campaign with three defeats in the league and currently occupy the 18th position in the table.
They have turned things around and would be on an unbeaten run if Maxwel Cornet’s late goal hadn’t been disallowed. Newcastle have faced defeat just once and that was due to some questionable added time at Anfield.
Hopefully we’ll see some combination of our three stars return. Callum Wilson, Bruno Guimaraes, and Allan Saint-Maximin have all been sidelined with hamstring injuries over the past few weeks. Bruno and Allan are close to returning which would provide a big boost this weekend.