The Hammers still ended up three places below the Magpies in the table, but the feeling is that they head into the new campaign in better shape.
(African Stand) — Olympic Stadium will host Saturday’s football match between West Ham United and Newcastle United, who face each other at the start of the new Premier League campaign.
West Ham chiefs did not make too many changes to the squad in the summer transfer window, meaning that they have faith in their players. Talented midfielder Jarrod Bowen, who impressed in the last season finale, will be the man to watch in the home team.
Newcastle United secured the Premier League survival last term without any difficulties, but they have bigger ambitions for the upcoming season. However, the Magpies will have to wait for new owners, who will give their best to bring glory days back to St. James’ Park. Considering that the club management was anything but active in the transfer window, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Hammers.
West Ham United’s Betting Odds
David Moyes had to survive a relegation battle at West Ham after replacing Manuel Pellegrini at the turn of the year but will have been encouraged by some good late results.
Three wins and the same number of draws in the closing seven matches included a 3-2 home victory over Chelsea, while seven goals were scored in defeating Norwich and Watford.
Michail Antonio was on fire during that period with eight goals and Tomas Soucek weighed in with three from midfield.
Completing a £19million permanent move for Soucek following his promising loan spell seems a wise decision.
Getting more from previous big-name signings such as Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals may now be the key to climbing up the table.
This is a team with plenty of attacking talent on paper and last term’s two clashes with Newcastle produced nine goals.
Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Steve Bruce has had to remain focused throughout another on-off takeover saga which has dominated headlines in the north-east for the past few months.
Newcastle still managed to return from lockdown in fine form, beating Sheffield United 3-0 and Bournemouth 4-1 away in a four-match unbeaten run.
That little hot streak ensured their safety, so maybe we shouldn’t be too harsh on the Magpies for fading down the final stretch, especially as they had a tough run-in.
Bringing in 28-year-old striker Callum Wilson from Bournemouth for around £20m seems a shrewd bit of business.
He told NUFC TV: “I didn’t have the greatest season last year, but I’ll be looking to get to double figures as soon as possible next season and many more goals to come.”
Landing Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick from Burnley on a free transfer is another decent effort.
However, the injury jinx which plagued Bruce late on the last term has continued during the off-season, with goalkeeper Martin Dubravka sidelined by a heel problem, while Dwight Gayle is set to be out for up to four months with a knee issue.
Head to head
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