West Ham United v Newcastle United
16-09-2015. 20.00. Upton Park. A West Ham Preview
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Last Time Out
Liverpool 0-3 West Ham United
Just 2 minutes into the game at Anfield and the away end were celebrating. A cross from Payet was headed away but came straight back in by Cresswell, who found Lanzini who turned it in at the back post. Both sides had chances with Firmino coming closest as his effort struck the post. Lanzini chased Lovren down who managed to lose it on the goal line to the Argentinian, who looked for Sakho but his pass was deflected towards the edge of the area where skipper Mark noble opened up his body and beautifully side-footed past Mignolet. The Hammers were in dreamland, with over 50 years since their last win at the red side of Merseyside!
After half time the reds pushed but West Ham gave little chances and looked dangerous themselves and then the first red card appeared. Payet conducted a 360 and was clattered by Coutinho who saw his second yellow, not long later and it was 10 v 10, Noble was fouled on the edge of his box but tackled Ings, only for the red card to be shown to the Irons shock. Right at the death Sakho made it 3 with a well placed effort from the edge of the area. 3 points, 3 goals and 3 different scorers!!
FIRST ELEVEN-Randolph, Tomkins, Ogbonna, Reid, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Obiang, Payet, Lanzini, Sakho
SUBS:Spiegel, Oxford, Knoyle, Cullen, Samuelsen, Jarvis, Lee
WOW!!! Just 6 youngsters on the bench but good vibes regarding the starting eleven and some hope due to Liverpool and Arsenals similar set up, one which seen us win at The Emirates while struggling with width at home!
Every player was 9 or 10/10 and Bilic was once again bang on! He had a little stick after the last 2 games but responded fantastically by forgetting to leave the handbrake of the bus on!
Good to see Sakho get off the mark for the season as well as Payet looking far too good for West Ham at times.
This could be an exciting season.
The Key Stats
On Target 5
Bookings 2 Red Cards 1
Goal time 3 29 90
Last 5 head to head
Newcastle 2-0 West Ham (May 15)
West Ham 1-0 Newcastle (Nov 14)
West Ham 1-3 Newcastle (Jan 14)
Newcastle 0-0 West Ham (Aug 13)
West Ham 0-0 Newcastle (May 13)
West Ham 39
Record at West Ham
West Ham 30
West Ham so far
Liverpool 0-3 West Ham (Lanzini, Noble, Sakho)
West Ham 3-4 Bournemouth (Noble, Kouyate, Maiga)
West Ham 1-2 Leicester (Payet)
Arsenal 0-2 West Ham (Kouyate, Zarate)
Newcastle So Far
Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
Man Utd 0-0 Newcastle
Swansea 2-0 Newcastle
Newcastle 2-2 Southampton
So far we have scored in every game, the 2nd highest scorers in the league behind City and am very confident we will. Id be surprised if Newcastle kept a clean sheet here. Howver I think our back line is questionable at times and Newcastle have talent going forward this season. I can see both sides scoring and as I think we will win, it means the overs will come in too!!
Various 1 unit
Over 2.5 goals 10/11
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The referee for the game at Anfield is Anthony Taylor
West Ham 1-2 Leicester City
Arsenal 1-0 Chelsea (Community Shield)
Man City 2-0 West Ham
Newcastle 0-1 Man Utd
Everton 1-1 West Ham
Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland
Tottenham 1-2 Newcastle
West Ham 2-0 QPR
23 yellows and 1 red in last 5 games
33 yellows and 3 reds in last 10 games.
2 games since he lasted produced a red card.
Randolph will remain in goal after an impressive performance as Adrian sits out his last game of suspension and 3 of his back 4 will remain unchanged, injury permitting. Cresswell will play left back with Reid and Ogbonna in the middle, right back is the issue as Jenkinson is back from his 1 game ban but Tomins has impressed both games at right back, with 2 clean sheets, while Jenkinson had a nightmare against Bournemouth.
The middle 5 may very well remain unchanged as Noble, Obiang, Kouyate, Lanzini and Payet all impressed at Anfield but there is plenty depth now with Antonio and Moses in the squad, Song is not yet fit. Jarvis left the club on loan to Norwich.
At Anfield Sakho played up front himself and may do so again even though Jelavic is at the club, Zarate might make it Andy Carroll is set for the bench!
I have had to have a long think about these bets due to team news, Andy Carroll is expected to be on the bench! And I cannot wait. Am confident Bilic will have learnt about the two defeats and I am convinced we can win on Monday night
. We are 13/10 best priced to win and that is a reasonable price considering the form so far. 1 unit
A more adventerous one is Payet to be man of the match
at 12/1 with BetVictor
. So far Dimitri has looked a cut above, far too good for West Ham and has sublime skills. If he turns up and turns it on, expect him to be the conductor of this musical piece at Upton Park. What a player. Everything goes through him going forward and takes free kicks. 1 unit
Now for a bet with no odds, Andy Carroll will be coming off the bench, hopefully, and I will be backing him next scorer when he does, at, hopefully, 8/1 or thereabouts as it would be later on in the game. Against his former side, in training since May and with the Euros coming up. He needs to hit the ground running. 1 unit
0/4 but in my defence, these results have been a bit hard to call!! Who would have though the team that won at Emirates would lose at home to Leicester and Bournemouth (and concede 4, against The Cherries who were yet to score) and then after losing them....stick 3 past Liverpool, who were yet to concede! Madness!
SCORE-3-1 West Ham
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