West Ham United fell short of doing the double over Leicester City last weekend but at least they left The King Power Stadium with a point. They will now look to build on that result when they face a home game with Newcastle United in Saturday’s early kick-off.
The Hammers will go into this weekend having slipped to fifth place in the Premier League table, due to Manchester United’s home win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday night.
After claiming their first double of the season with victory over Watford eleven days ago, the Irons will hope to claim another, as they beat the Magpies on the opening day of the campaign at St James’ Park.
Since that day in August, the club have been taken over by a Saudi Arabian consortium and has also had a change of Head-Coach with Steve Bruce being replaced by former AFC Bournemouth and Burnley boss Eddie Howe.
The turn of the year has seen the men from Tyneside enjoy a remarkable upturn in their fortunes. After ending 2021 with defeat at Liverpool, they have only lost once in the top-flight and to add to that they have recently collected maximum points from all of their last three matches so Irons’ boss David Moyes will hope that his team can inflict what will be only their second defeat of 2022.
Kurt Zouma is fit enough to regain his place in the starting line-up after pulling out of of the game against the Foxes due to illness. Saïd Benrahma could get a start after making an impact from the bench against Brendan Rodgers’ side last weekend.
Saturday’s match is a 12:30pm kick-off with live coverage being screened by BT Sport from 11:30am. The referee is Christopher Kavanagh.