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Newcastle United vs West Ham United – Match preview, likely line-ups and score prediction

Jake Jackman

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Newcastle United will host West Ham United on Saturday in a match that features two sides that have yet to get off the mark for the current campaign. The pressure is on both teams and in that aspect, it could be an advantage to be away from home. The stadium will be nervy, especially if the Magpies don’t get off to a strong start and that could have a negative impact on the players.

Rafa Benitez is facing one of the biggest challenges of his career as he attempts to establish Newcastle as a Premier League force again. There has been an overreaction to the first two matches, as they weren’t easy fixtures. A lot will be learnt about this team over the next few weeks, as they have matches against West Ham, Swansea City, Stoke City and Brighton. They need to take a good haul from these fixtures or they could be facing a deficit at the bottom of the league.

The home side can attribute their poor form to a lack of incomings, but West Ham don’t have the same luxury as they have recruited well this summer. The problems seem to be deep-rooted and Slaven Bilic has already come under pressure. It hasn’t helped that they have had to start the season with three away matches, but that isn’t an excuse. They will see this weekend as a good opportunity to pick up three points. If they don’t, their manager will edge even closer to the exit door.

Recent form

The Magpies have started the season in poor form and have lost three successive matches in all competitions. Their loss in the week to Nottingham Forest piled the pressure, but they had made ten changes and used a few players that are unlikely to feature in the Premier League. There have been positive signs, especially defensively, during their first two league fixtures, but they need to pick up a result to brighten the mood.

West Ham have started the season in poor form and have already conceded seven goals in the Premier League, which underlines their defensive concerns. They managed to pick up a good victory in the week to overcome Cheltenham, but it was a match that they really should have won, even with the changes that were made.

Predicted line-ups

Florian Lejeune could be back to start in defence, which means that Ciaran Clark will be shifted to left-back. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored in the week and showed enough to earn a start.

Manuel Lanzini would be the player to replace Marko Arnautovic in the starting eleven. That is the only change that the visitors are likely to make.

Team news

Jonjo Shelvey remains on the sidelines as he serves the final game of his three-match ban. DeAndre Yedlin and Florian Lejeune could return from injury to boost the defensive options. Paul Dummett will miss out with a hamstring injury.

Winston Reid won’t be available as he suffers with a calf strain. Marko Arnautovic will serve the second of his three-match suspension. Manuel Lanzini and Andy Carroll could be back, but remain serious doubts for the weekend.

Score prediction – Newcastle United 1-1 West Ham United

This is going to be a nervy fixture as both sides will want to pick up a win before the international break. West Ham’s defence hasn’t convinced and Newcastle should be confident of getting at least one goal. That said, the away side have a dangerous attack and they will believe that they can outscore their opponents on Saturday. A score draw seems to be the most likely result.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Newcastle United fans divided after Nicolai Jorgensen performance

The Danish striker has long been linked with a move to Newcastle United.

Mathew Nash

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Denmark played out a 1-1 draw with Australia in the World Cup this afternoon. A controversial penalty was converted by Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak to give the Socceroos a deserved draw against their European opponents. But the opening goal of the game might have been one of the best in the tournament so far.

Christian Eriksen smashed home a delicious left-foot half-volley to give the Danes the lead. However, it was the assist from a Newcastle United target that had fans talking on social media.

Nicolai Jorgensen played a brilliant reverse pass into the path of Eriksen. The Feyenoord striker has long been linked with Newcastle United. Over the weekend The Sun reported that Newcastle would need to pay £20 million for the player.

Newcastle were previously linked with the player in January, with a £15 million bid being rejected.

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That interest appears to have continued and it is easy to see why. Jorgensen was the Eredivisie’s top scorer in 2016-17, scoring 25 goals in 45 games.

But there is also a case suggesting he is not worth the money. He scored just 13 goals last season and against Peru in the opening game of the World Cup he struggled.

It is clear that scoring goals is not really his specialty. His link-up play is brilliant but some Newcastle fans feel he would simply not score goals in England.

Here is how Newcastle United fans reacted to his display…

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Newcastle should move for Senegal star M’Baye Niang

Newcastle are looking for attacking additions this summer.

Jamie Watts

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Newcastle United are reportedly in the market for new forwards this summer, according to the Northern Echo, with Rafa Benitez identifying the Magpies’ attacking output as a key weakness last term, despite their impressive 10th place finish. And a new target should emerge from yesterday’s World Cup clash between Senegal and Poland.

The Africans surprisingly came away as victors, having been helped by two massive defensive errors from the European outfit, with Grzegorz Krychowiak’s late goal proving nothing more than a consolation.

Torino striker M’Baye Niang proved to be a thorn in the side of Poland all game, landing the man of the match award, as his pace and power proved too much for Thiago Rangel Cionek and accomplished right-back Lukasz Piszczek to deal with.

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His shining moment came in the 60th minute, when he returned onto the field of play from injury and promptly latched onto a poor back-pass, eventually rounding the out-rushing Wojciech Szczesny and slotting into an empty net – notably scoring his first ever Senegal goal with his first shot on target.

And Newcastle should be keeping an eye on the 23-year-old throughout the tournament. Current targets such as Salomon Rondon and Jordan Ayew are underwhelming for fans and Rafa Benitez could look to make a statement by bringing in the former Watford loanee.

His physicality and raw speed suit the Premier League to a tee, and given regular playing-time the forward could become a sensation in England. However, he has recently agreed to join Torino on a permanent basis, meaning any deal would likely be a loan deal at the moment. A deal is still possible though, as Niang will be likely play second-fiddle to Andrea Belotti next term.

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Newcastle United should rekindle Miguel Layun interest after stunning World Cup performance

The 29-year-old was wanted by Newcastle last summer.

Mathew Nash

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Mexico caused a World Cup shock yesterday, defeating reigning champions Germany 1-0 in Moscow. It was a fantastic performance by El Tri, who decimated the world champions with a fearsome display of counter-attacking football.

There were many performances that caught the eye, with Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano and Hector Herrera all outstanding. But former Watford man Miguel Layun also put in a tremendous display.

It was one which will hopefully see Newcastle United rekindle their efforts to sign him.

Playing on the right-hand side of midfield he was a constant thorn in the side of Marvin Plattenhardt for Germany. Meanwhile, his impressive ability to work up and down the pitch the entire game left Julian Draxler completely nullified.

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Currently contracted to Porto he spent the second half of last season with Sevilla, who have a permanent deal lined up. However, last summer saw Newcastle linked with a move for the player.

Valued at £6 million, Rafa Benitez is reportedly a fan and wanted him to help their survival hopes last term- as reported by Record, among others. No deal ever came off but 12 months down the line Newcastle should try again.

Layun proved against Germany just how impressive an athlete he is. The 29-year-old is also extremely versatile. Capable at both left and right-back, on either wing or even in central midfield he would solve many problems for Newcastle United.

With Sevilla dawdling over a permanent deal for the Mexican the Magpies should consider coming knocking once again.

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