Competition: Premier League – Newcastle United vs. West Ham United
Venue: St James’ Park – Sunday, May 24 – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET)
Match Odds: Newcastle 8/11 – Draw 3/1 – West Ham 100/30
It is hard to find any positives for Newcastle who have had a season to forget. Their chances of avoiding the drop are given a boost as it is unlikely Hull City will beat Manchester United in the other key relegation game, but stranger things have happened.
It is imperative Newcastle win their game so that they are not relying on other sides for their Premier League status.
The Toon Army have picked up one point from a possible 30 and will be lucky to avoid the drop. John Carver’s appointment has not really gone to plan but he is not solely to blame for how bad the Magpies have been.Embed from Getty Images
West Ham will have the backing of every Hull City fan in this one. Sam Allardyce has guided the Hammers to a mid-table finish but does not know whether or not he will be in charge next season.
The Irons are without a win in two and have one win in their last seven. This has not been a bad season for West Ham and they will be hoping to hold onto the bulk of this squad to improve ahead of next campaign.Embed from Getty Images
West Ham could already have their flip-flops on and that could work in Newcastle’s favour but this is not going to be an easy game.
Newcastle’s injury woes have gone on all season and seven players are going to be unavailable for this one. Check Tiote, Stephen Taylor and Massadio Haidara will miss out and Carver needs his side to win their first game in ten attempts to rule out any chance of relegation.
West Ham will be without five players. Andy Carroll will miss out on the chance to face up against his former club and has played just 14 times this season. Diafra Sakho will be a big miss as he has scored ten goals this season.
Newcastle United’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/L/D/L
West Ham’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/W/L/L
Key Stat: John Carver has picked up a shocking ten points in 18 games while in charge of the club.
Key Player: Stewart Downing – the playmaker has had a great season, scoring six, assisting eight and has created an impressive 85 chances for his teammates.
Newcastle United 1-1 West Ham – Newcastle’s search for a win will have to wait until next season as West Ham will bring a casual approach to the game but Allardyce will not let his side lose.