Tomas Soucek has delivered his verdict on the atmosphere at St James’ Park ahead of the Newcastle vs West Ham clash tonight.

West Ham head to Tyneside to take on Newcastle in the 17:30 Premier League kick-off this evening.

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The Hammers desperately need a win, with relegation staring David Moyes and his players in the face.

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Meanwhile, Eddie Howe and his Newcastle team are flying high in the Premier League table. With the Toon’s new-found wealth, this evening’s clash has somewhat of a David vs Goliath feel to it. The Magpies will have the advantage of 50,000 screaming Geordies behind them as well.

And how the Hammers deal with the raucous atmosphere at St James’ Park will define the outcome of the game in my opinion…

Tomas Soucek delivers SJP verdict ahead of Newcastle vs West Ham

The Czech Republic international scored during our last visit to St James Park – a game that we won 4-2.

And Soucek responded when asked by about the famous atmosphere at Newcastle’s home ground:

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“The last time we played at St James’ Park in 2021/22, I remember scoring in the 4-2 win, a match where we came from behind – twice – to get the win. I also remember that atmosphere. St James’ Park is one of the loudest grounds in England. And with our away support – I know our fans will make themselves known too – the atmosphere on Saturday will be right up there with any I have played in.”

Like Soucek says, our away support will make themselves heard against the Toon.

And as good as the atmosphere undoubtedly is at St James’ Park, it’s down to the West Ham players to handle their emotions during the clash vs Newcastle.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a win against the Magpies this evening.

Unfortunately though, I just can’t see it. Newcastle are a very good, well-drilled side and we will have to be on our very best form in order to take a positive result back to East London with us.

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