If West Ham United (10th, 36 points) receives Newcastle United (ranked 13th, 31 points) on Saturday night, this is not just a duel between two former Real Madrid coaches, but also the duel of two future midfield strategists. Both Declan Rice (West Ham) and Sean Longstaff (Newcastle) caused quite a stir this season with strong performances. Rice even caught the eye of Pep Guardiola as a possible Fernandinho successor. Although Rice has already played three friendly matches for Ireland, he decided to run for the English national team in the future. Longstaff could now benefit from this decision by setting up Ireland coach Mick McCarthy, a 21-year-old from Newcastle who, with his goal against Burnley, became the Magpies’ youngest Premier League scorer (21 years, 119 days) since Rolando Aarons (20 years, 181 days in May 2016). Because Longstaff was born like Rice in England, but has Scottish as well as Irish roots.
Today’s Betting Prediction West Ham vs Newcastle
Although Newcastle coach Rafael Benitez has not won more than any other Premier League opponent than West Ham (eleven times), the Magpies on Saturday night are not favorites for three points. This shows clearly the odds and prediction of the bookmakers between West Ham and Newcastle. If the Magpies win, it probably will not be a high victory. Because last time in foreign countries with more than one goal difference Newcastle won in January 2015 in Hull (3-0). So between West Ham and Newcastle our tip is “under 2.5 goals”.
West Ham – Statistics & Current Form
West Ham coach Manuell Pellegrini felt cheated on Wednesday night at the old site by a counter. Man City won a deserved 1-0 thanks to a controversial eleven-man, but the former master technician of the Sky Blues was annoyed. A friendly welcome and numerous hands to shake, but countable took the Chilean not on the homeward journey. At home in London’s domestic stadium, the past weeks have been much more successful. The Hammers lost just one of their last seven Premier League fixtures to their own fans and have been unbeaten in four games at London Stadium (two wins, two draws). To make it to the next threesome on Saturday night, Javier Hernandez could do his part. The Mexican only scored more often against Wigan (six times) in the Premier League than against Newcastle United (five goals). The Hammers definitely have the role of favorites, this shows a odds comparison of all betting sites between West Ham and Newcastle.
Top scorer at West Ham is Felipe Anderson this season. The Brazilian record new entry of Lazio Rome has replaced the Austrian Marko Arnautovic, whose transfer to China failed in the winter. However, Anderson has met in none of his past nine Premier League games and contributed only one goal. One reason why West Ham won only two of their last nine Premier League games (2-3-4). Before that, there were five wins in six Premier League games. We would tip West Ham and Newcastle “under 2.5 hits”. West Ham will have to relinquish many potential regulars on Saturday. Winston Reid, Carlos Sanchez, Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere are out. Marko Arnautovic and Fabian Balbuena are questionable.
Best goalscorers in the Premier League:
- 8 goals: Felipe Anderson
- 7 goals: Marko Arnautovic
- 5 goals: Javier Hernandez
Expected formation of West Ham:
- Fabianski; Cresswell, Ogbonna, Diop, Zabaleta; Noble, Rice; Anderson, Snodgrass, Antonio; Hernandez
- Coach: Manuel Pellegrini
Last matches of West Ham:
⚽ 27.02.2019 – Manchester City vs. West Ham 1: 0 (Premier League)
⚽ 22.02.2019 – West Ham vs. Fulham 3: 1 (Premier League)
⚽ 09.02.2019 – Crystal Palace vs. West Ham 1: 1 (Premier League)
⚽ 04.02.2019 – West Ham Vs. Liverpool 1: 1 (Premier League)
⚽ 29.01.2019 – Wolverhampton Vs. West Ham 3: 0 (Premier League)
Newcastle – Statistics & Current Form
It did not look good for Newcastle United for a long time, but thanks to four home wins in a row, Rafa Benitez’s side were able to climb out of the table cellar and are six points ahead of the relegation zone as thirteenth. After only two successes from the first eleven Premier League home games this season, Newcastle won for the first time since last April four home games in a row. Especially since the recent success on Tuesday before the before the game in 2019 unbeaten Burnley succeeded. Speaking of 2019, no other team in the Premier League scored more home points than the Magpies (twelve) this calendar year. In addition, Newcastle has won four of the past six Premier League matches (4-1-1), earning as many victories as they did in 22 league games this season (4-6-12). However, the Magpies are not the favorites on Saturday night, as proven by bookmaker odds between West Ham and Newcastle.
Away, Newcastle is far from being as strong as last seen at home. Newcastle has been without a winner for five Premier League games (0-3-2). Even worse is the balance of the Magpies when it comes to London. In the capital, no other Premier League team lost more than Newcastle United (74 defeats, as Everton). Only the cut-off Huddersfield (15 goals) and the third-to-last Cardiff (25 hits), scored less goals than Newcastle (26) this season. However, the Magpies have the second-best goal difference of the teams from 12th to 20th place with “minus eight” after Crystal Palace (minus six). This shows that Newcastle does not score very much but scores very little. The 34 goals, undercut only by Liverpool (15), Man City (20), Tottenham and Chelsea (both 29). Therefore, between West Ham and Newcastle our prediction is aimed at the fact that few goals will fall. For example, at West Ham vs Newcastle our bet is “under 2.5 goals”. The two Irish internationals Robert Elliot and Ciaran Clark are missing injured.
Best goalscorers in the Premier League:
- 7 goals: José Salón Rondón
- 4 goals: Ayoze Perez
- 3 goals: Fabian Schär
Expected lineup of Newcastle:
- Dubravka; Ritchie, Lejeune, Lascelles, Schar, Yedlin; Perez, Longstaff, Hayden, Almiron; Rondon
- Coach: Rafa Benitez
Last Games from Newcastle:
⚽ 26.02.2019 – Newcastle Vs. Burnley 2: 0 (Premier League)
⚽ 23.02.2019 – Newcastle Vs. Huddersfield Town 2: 0 (Premier League)
⚽ 16.02.2019 – Newcastle Vs. CSKA Moscow 1: 1 (club friendlies)
⚽ 11.02.2019 – Wolverhampton Vs. Newcastle 1: 1 (Premier League)
⚽ 02.02.2019 – Tottenham Vs. Newcastle 1: 0 (Premier League)
West Ham vs Newcastle Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
Head-to-Head: 54 Newcastle United wins – 37 draws – 41 West Ham United wins (132 competitive games)
West Ham United won the first leg in Newcastle 3-0. Thus, the Hammers have the opportunity to win for the first time since the 1998/99 season both league games of a season against the Magpies. Newcastle, on the other hand, has the opportunity to successfully play two away games against West Ham United for the first time since September 2006.
West Ham vs Newcastle Football Betting Prediction
Although West Ham is against Newcastle’s first candidate on three points on Saturday night, the Newcastle task is anything but easy. While the Magpies have not won any of the past five Premier League away games, while West Ham have been unbeaten in four home games and have lost just one of their last seven matches at the London Stadium, the defensive order of Rafa Benitez makes life difficult for any opponent.
Key Facts – West Ham vs Newcastle Tips
West Ham unbeaten in four home games (2-2-0)
Newcastle won four of the recent six Premier League games (4-1-1)
No Premier League team lost more in London than Newcastle (74)
So fell in the past four league games of the Magpies under 2.5 goals. Also for Saturday between West Ham and Newcastle our tip would be “under 2.5 goals”.
Prediction Today: Under 2.5 goals