Paul Merson has highlighted how West Ham may now have a huge advantage over Newcastle United on Saturday.

West Ham play host to Newcastle at the London Stadium in the 12:30pm kick-off on Saturday.

It is a huge game for both sides, but for very different reasons.

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The Hammers desperately need a win in order to keep pace in the race for the Champions League places.

Meanwhile, the Magpies are looking to create some real distance between themselves and the bottom three.

David Moyes has worked wonders since taking overt at the London Stadium and the same can be said of Eddie Howe at St James’ Park.

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West Ham hammered Newcastle 4-2 in the reverse fixture in the very first game of the season on Tyneside. This game will be a lot different though and will be far from straightforward for the Hammers.

It seems as though we might have an advantage though…

Paul Merson highlights big Newcastle blow ahead of West Ham clash

The Magpies have been on a fine run of form over the past few weeks.

Howe’s men have won three Premier League games in a row. January signing Kieran Trippier has proven to be a huge hit for Newcastle, scoring two goals in five games for the Toon so far.

He has now been ruled out for a few months, however, having fractured a bone in his foot during his side’s victory against Aston Villa on Sunday (The Guardian).

And Merson told Sky Sports just how much of a blow that is for Newcastle ahead of their clash with West Ham on Saturday:

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“It’s a massive blow for Newcastle to be losing Kieran Trippier but they’ve now got to kick on. His two goals have been massive but it’s also his experience on the pitch and in the dressing room. I can’t really express just how big a blow losing Trippier is for Newcastle. He’s an international who has played in big games over his career so he’ll be a miss. He’s the type of player who wouldn’t let things get slack now all of a sudden they’ve got a few points on the board.”

Trippier has been so important to Newcastle. So losing him for such a prolonged period of time will obviously be a bitter pill to swallow for the Toon.

They still have plenty of talented players who can hurt the Hammers though.

David Moyes’s men will have to be at the very top of their games if they are to end the match with three points to show for their efforts.

Having said all of that, a Newcastle team sheet on Saturday without Kieran Trippier will undoubtedly be a huge boost for West Ham.

A win is an absolute must. And we agree with Merson, without the 31-year-old right-back, Newcastle may now struggle to get a result at the London Stadium.

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