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Newcastle United vs. West Ham United: The clash of the strugglers

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Terrible start of the season for Newcastle might end Rafa Benitez's period as a manager on Saint James Park. Slaven Bilic has the same problem. The match we are about to watch will be tactical, hard and unpleasant. Under 2.5 goals are expected.


Stadium: Saint James Park

Date: 26 August 2017

Time: 15:00


Terrible start of the season for Newcastle might end Rafa Benitez's period as a manager on Saint James Park. Slaven Bilic has the same problem. The match we are about to watch will be tactical, hard and unpleasant. Under 2.5 goals are expected.


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Under 2.5 goals
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Reasons for betting on Newcastle United vs. West Ham United tip

Newcastle United opened this season terribly, and already there are many rumors about Rafa Benitez’s status. The Magpies lost 3 games in a row. Their opponents West Ham United are in a slightly better situation. The only difference is that they managed to advance to the next stage of League Cup. For both managers Benitez and Slaven Bilic, this game has enormous significance because it might possibly be the last for one of them.
The game will be played at St James Park.

Newcastle United overview

Rafa Benitez is under enormous pressure from the fans to change something in his game. One of the first demands was that Aleksandar Mitrovic becomes the starter. The Serbian international scored a goal after only 3 minutes against Nottingham Forest, but eventually, that was not enough for the home team. The Magpies lost that event,2-3 and that was the third loss in a row. Newcastle has problems all over the pitch, but the biggest one is in the midfield because they do not have any creative player who can produce a decent chance up front. The club from north still haven’t scored in the Premiership, and many things need to be changed, if they want to avoid the relegation. Florian Lejeune will probably miss this Saturday’s match, and Jonjo Shelvey is serving a suspension.

West Ham United overview

The Hammers were in a similar situation after two straight losses in the Premier League, but a routine win against Cheltenham in the League Cup removed the pressure. We have to say one thing that might justify West Ham. The game in Newcastle is going to be the third one in a row away from home. The home crowd has a huge influence in England, and things might get better when they go back to London. Nevertheless, this will be one challenging task for them. When we set aside, the game played this Wednesday, 5 most recent ended with over 2.5 goals. And also West Ham conceded at least one goal in 7 previous events. One of the biggest landings Marko Arnautovic is still under suspension, while Winston Reid is also ineligible because of the injury.

Head to head matches

In the near past, both clubs were successful at their own grounds. Previous 4 games ended with 2 victories apiece, and the efficiency was not a better part in those games. 3 of 4 events ended with under 2.5 goals, and the same games saw both teams not to score.
Overall in history after 98 head-to-head meetings, Newcastle has 40 victories and West Ham 33 with 25 draws.

Prediction for Newcastle United vs. West Ham United tip

Under 2.5 goals. After everything, we wrote above we do not think that some explanation is needed to back up this decision. Simply Rafa Benitez is not going to allow a high efficient match, and that is it. For the second suggestion, we would go with a draw. We do not see any particular advantages and disadvantages between these two sides, and in our opinion, a draw is the most likely outcome.

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