Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas is backing West Ham United to win away at Newcastle United today.
West Ham go into the game off the back of a massive 3-2 win over Chelsea.
But the Hammers face a Newcastle team in red hot form and one of the Premier League’s star performers in Allan Saint-Maximin.
Both West Ham and Newcastle have injury doubts for the game.
All the results went West Ham’s way again on Saturday. Bournemouth and Watford suffered heavy defeats while Norwich were beaten once again.
Hammers have it all to play for against Magpies
There is more at stake for West Ham with the prospect of going six points clear of the bottom three.
That would effectively be seven points given West Ham’s superior goal difference.
And Charlie Nicholas told Sky Sports he believes West Ham will do just that.
The pundit predicts his fellow Scot David Moyes will lead West Ham to a 2-1 win at St James’s Park and believes Villa will suffer a backlash at Liverpool.
And he highlighted Tomas Soucek, Michail Antonio and Andriy Yarmolenko as key players for the game.
Nicholas predicts West Ham will beat Newcastle and go six clear of drop
“Things are starting to turn again with West Ham,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“They showed tremendous character and their response to the VAR howler was great. They scored goals. Mark Noble has often been at the centre of this but he was not on the pitch.
“Tomas Soucek has done well since he has come into the fold but Andriy Yarmolenko has the pace and movement that causes problems. West Ham have missed him. Michail Antonio is their best option up front though – he has pace, power, great enthusiasm, and people who can support from midfield too. All of a sudden things are changing.
“Newcastle are playing with freedom and a smile on their faces – they are looking dangerous too. Until things calm down, they could and should offer Steve Bruce another contract.
Destiny in West Ham’s hands
“Andy Carroll could start against his former club. Joelinton continues to struggle despite getting his goal the other week, while Jonjo Shelvey played well and Miguel Almiron contributed off the bench too.
“A bit of fight in West Ham might cause Newcastle problems though, as it did against Chelsea. West Ham may have started to believe that they are not a bad side once they get going. They just need to get better defensively, but their grit and determination will get them over the line in this one.”
With Nicholas predicting a 3-0 defeat for Villa that would put West Ham six clear of the bottom three with five games to play.
With West Ham facing Burnley, Norwich, Watford and Villa in four of those, their destiny is very much in their own hands.