West Ham United boss David Moyes has been boosted by the fact Newcastle United may be missing key players for today’s crunch game.
Newcastle have three injury doubts to key players while boss Steve Bruce is said to be considering resting the Premier League’s in-form star Allan Saint-Maximin.
But West Ham have their own injury doubts with as many as four players likely to miss out.
After defeats for Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich on Saturday – and with Aston Villa facing Liverpool at Anfield – West Ham have a huge chance to double down on the excellent victory over Chelsea and go six points clear of the relegation zone.
West Ham can take huge step to survival at Newcastle
That would effectively be seven points clear given West Ham’s now significantly superior goal difference.
But West Ham will face a Newcastle side in red hot form.
Bruce’s side are playing with a freedom rarely seen from Newcastle in recent years.
Attacking star Saint-Maximin has been the orchestrator.
But Moyes got a boost ahead of the game with the news that Newcastle could be missing three key players and are considering resting him.
Magpies trio look set to miss out and Saint-Maximin claim made
Sean Longstaff is out with a hamstring strain while captain Jamaal Lascelles and striker Joelinton are also injury doubts.
Chronicle Live also claims Bruce has hinted he could rest Magpies star Saint-Maximin against the Hammers.
The Frenchman terrorised Pablo Zabaleta in the reverse fixture at the London Stadium.
But that would be wishful thinking on West Ham’s part. After all the attacker was substituted off quite early in the 4-1 win over Bournemouth last time out so has had extra rest.
Moyes has his own injury issues to contend with, though.
West Ham could be missing quartet themselves
The Scot has confirmed Felipe Anderson will miss the trip to St James’s Park with a hamstring strain (whufc.com).
And there are still doubts over striker Sebastien Haller, captain Mark Noble and Arthur Masuaku.
In reality neither Noble or Masuaku would have started after the superb performance against Chelsea in midweek.
But given the energy expended by the likes of Michail Antonio in that game, it would be a welcome boost to have Haller back.
Moyes told whufc.com he hopes to have one of Haller, Noble and Masuaku available.