West Ham travel to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle in the Premier League today.
Newcastle starting XI and substitutes:
Two changes from our midweek win at Bournemouth as Isaac Hayden and Miguel Almirón come in for Nabil Bentaleb and Sean Longstaff.
SUBS: K. Darlow, F. Schär, A. Carroll, M. Ritchie, D. Yedlin, V. Lazaro, D. Rose, N. Bentaleb, M. Longstaff. pic.twitter.com/B3YJOgmIB6
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 5, 2020
West Ham starting XI and substitutes:
— West Ham United (@WestHam) July 5, 2020
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The Hammers will be buoyed by their victory against Chelsea on Wednesday night. And so will the Magpies after their thrilling 4-1 win away at Bournemouth.
Steve Bruce has made a real impact at Newcastle since his appointment last summer. The Magpies are safe from the threat of relegation and are now looking towards a top 10 finish.
David Moyes, meanwhile, has failed to have a similar impact at the London Stadium. The Scot’s West Ham side are still lingering dangerously close to the relegation zone.
Three points separate the Hammers and 18th placed Aston Villa.
So a win at St James’ Park today would be a massive boost to West Ham’s survival hopes this season.
That will be far from easy for the east London outfit, however.
Newcastle haven’t lost a Premier League game since February and have taken 11 points from their last five league outings.
The Hammers will have to be at their very best today, if they are to have any chance whatsoever of taking a positive result with them away from Tyneside.
As the West Ham players proved on Wednesday night, however, they are more than capable of doing just that.