West Ham United’s victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Easter Monday was their first on the road since February and they will attempt to claim consecutive away wins when they travel to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United are the only three teams to have done the double over the Hammers so far this season and David Moyes will certainly be hoping that the Magpies don’t add their name to that list. Steve Bruce’s men picked up what many people may have seen as a bit of a surprise win in Stratford on the opening day of the campaign back in September.
Whilst the Irons have been in impressive form themselves lately, Bruce’s men have also had an upturn in form in recent weeks as they earned a point against Tottenham Hotspur here to make it a good start to April, while also coming away from Burnley with maximum points last Sunday.
The East Londoners will also be full of confidence and want to build on their success over Leicester City last weekend.
Aaron Cresswell will have to be assessed ahead of this game after sustaining a hamstring injury against the Foxes in West Ham’s last encounter and should he fail a fitness test, then Fabián Balbuena will come into the starting line-up.
Mark Noble injured his arm while blocking an effort from Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi in the 3-2 home success but he should be fit to once again captain the side as they look to go unbeaten for a fourth straight game.
The match is a 12:30pm kick-off with live coverage being screened by Sky Sports from midday. The referee is Kevin Friend.