West Ham have been suffering injuries in defence of late but they can now welcome Andy Carroll back into the starting lineup after a long injury layoff. However they will miss Kevin Nolan due to a suspension ban.
Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Krul, Yanga-Mbiwa, Williamson, S Taylor, Santon, Sissoko, Tiote’ Anita, Gouffran, Cabaye, Remy
Alan Pardew is very likely to name an unchanged eleven against his former club and will be looking for his team to get on the score-sheet after registering no goals in the past three Premier League outings.
Looking forward to West Ham fans doing the chant to the Kwela tune, but with Pard’s new catchphrase getting sung against Newcastle next week
— Mark Webster (@ItsMarkWebster) January 12, 2014
West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald has confirmed @morrisonravel is in the squad for Saturday v Newcastle
— Ian Abrahams (@BroadcastMoose) January 16, 2014
Will Carroll start against Newcastle? Or does Cole deserve to keep his place? Will Noble retain the captaincy when Nolan returns?
— ChelmoHammer (@ChelmoHammer) January 17, 2014
A classic goal from this fixture back in the 79-80 season.
Yohan Cabaye has had a very consistent season thus far, and with West Ham currently having quite a few injury concerns at the back, it could prove very profitable for the Frenchman in a Newcastle side looking for goals.
West Ham United vs Newcastle United: An Alternative Preview
West Ham have won just one of their last eight Barclays Premier League matches (W1 D2 L5).
Newcastle have failed to score in the last three Premier League games against the Hammers.
There was just one shot on target in the whole game (and that was by the Hammers) when West Ham met Newcastle at St James Park earlier this season, with the Magpies firing in 14 off target.
Kevin Nolan has scored in three of the last five meetings between West Ham and Newcastle, twice while playing for the Magpies and once for the Hammers.
Newcastle United have drawn none of their last 11 Premier League away games since a 0-0 draw at Upton Park last May.
Newcastle have gone 280 minutes without a Premier League goal, their longest run of the season.
Carlton Cole has scored three times in his last five Premier League appearances for West Ham United.
Andy Carroll has scored four goals and assisted five in his last nine Premier League appearances.
West Ham have kept nine clean sheets this season, no Premier League team has more.
West Ham have thrown away 14 points from winning positions this season, more than any other team.