Newcastle enter the fourth month of the season as they have completed their initial 10 matches. It was said to be a tough start to the season; however, Newcastle played very well against the top teams. It was the teams around us in the table that were the issue.
This Saturday is another match against a club not in the distinguished top-six category. West Ham are tenth in the league, which is where they finished last season.
West Ham is going through a bit of a rough patch over the past month, amassing only 2 points from their last 4 league games. None of those games have been against one of the proverbial top-six teams.
In fact, West Ham have only played Manchester City away and Manchester United at home from the top six. So the road for them up to this point has been a lot gentler than it has for Newcastle.
Though as we mentioned, it’s not facing the top six that has led to our poor start. Newcastle’s two wins are against Manchester United and Tottenham. It’s the other teams we are failing to beat that have us in 17th position.
Isaac Hayden– available for selection after serving ban
Newcastle have Isaac Hayden back from his three-match ban but will be without Sean Longstaff as he starts his ban. As far as injuries go, it’s a little bit uncertain at this point.
We don’t know if Matt Ritchie or Andy Carroll will be available for selection yet. However, it does look like center-backs Florian Lejeune and Fabian Schar will be out for this Saturday.
It is also going to be interesting to see what the team is. With Isaac Hayden returning, we would assume he will get the nod. There have also been recent murmurings that both Dwight Gayle and Jonjo Shelvey could be in line for starts at the weekend.
Whatever the team is that Steve Bruce ends up selecting, we need to see a performance and would like to see more than one goal scored. We’ve only scored 6 this season, which is just one better than last place Watford. West Ham have doubled our total with 12.
We expect to see another close game as our defense has kept us in games since the Leicester City travesty. It’s likely going to be up to our attackers whether we can get all three points on Saturday.
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