Kick-off: 1400, 15/08/2021
Stadium: St James’ Park
TV: Sky Sports
Newcastle and West Ham go head to head on the first weekend of the season for the second year running.
The Magpies came out on top at the London Stadium last September, but the Hammers regrouped superbly and enjoyed a fine campaign that ended with Europa League qualification.
The Toon Army are expected to be back at St James’ Park for the opener and will inspire their side, with a home win at 12/5 our first Newcastle vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle overcame some struggles to finish 12th in the Premier League last season.
Boss Steve Bruce was under immense pressure from the club’s fans after they became embroiled in a relegation battle, but five wins in their last eight matches secured their top-flight status.
It was no coincidence that Newcastle’s upturn in form from April came at the same time that influential forward Allan Saint-Maximin returned from injury and the Frenchman, Miguel Almiron and Callum Wilson will again be crucial this term.
Bruce will be looking to strengthen again to avoid another season of struggle, with Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock linked with a return to the club after a successful loan spell last campaign.
Newcastle have a strong recent record against West Ham, winning three and drawing one of their last four meetings.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
After fighting off relegation the previous season, David Moyes did a remarkable job in guiding West Ham to sixth and securing a European spot.
Like with other sides, the Europa League could affect their domestic form this term, especially if they do not strengthen.
The Hammers have been linked with a permanent deal for Jesse Lingard, who was a revelation for Moyes following his January loan arrival.
West Ham struggled defensively during the business end of last term, conceding in 10 straight matches before a clean sheet in the season-ending 3-0 win over Southampton.
Seven of the last nine meetings between these two sides have produced over 2.5 goals so a 2-1 home win at 10/1 is our final Newcastle vs West Ham prediction.
Fulham 0-2 NEWCASTLE – Willock, Schar
WEST HAM 3-0 Southampton – Fornals (2), Rice
Head-to-head: Newcastle 3-2 West Ham, West Ham 0-2 Newcastle, Newcastle 2-2 West Ham, West Ham 2-3 Newcastle
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