West Ham United v Newcastle United: Match Preview

Upton ParkTeam News

West Ham have no fresh injury concerns with James Tomkins (calf) and George McCartney (knee) likely to miss out.

Newcastle make the long trip to east London without of several key players. Mathieu Debuchy is suspended after being sent off against Liverpool last week, while fellow full-backs Massadio Haidara and Davide Santon (both hamstring) are sidelined. Tim Krul (dislocated shoulder) and Sylvain Marveaux (groin) remain out, but could welcome back captain Fabricio Coloccini.

What the managers said…

“At the moment, we are far better than where we expected to be. We didn’t expect to be almost safe with four games to go. I think we’ll be okay with 42 points so we’re way ahead of what we expected. As I say, we need to get a few more goals to get the points. We’ll address that in the summer and hopefully we’ll find some better players to improve the squad. Before that we’ve three very important games, two at home and one away so we’ll try to pick up as many points as we can.” Sam Allardyce is content with West Ham’s league position (whufc.com)

“As far as I am concerned, the group is very much together, pulling together trying to get a result. The fact that we have a lot of French players has been torn up and made to be something else. There is no problem. There have not been words that were out of tone or were in a different place. We talked about football, what it is about and how important it is to this football club to get a win quickly.” Alan Pardew denies there is a rift in the Newcastle camp (BBC Sport)

Pre-match Statistic: West Ham have managed just two wins in 14 Premier League meetings with Newcastle at Upton Park.

Prediction: West Ham United 2-1 Newcastle United

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