Kick-off: 1400, 15/08/2021
Stadium: St James’ Park
TV: Sky Sports
Newcastle and West Ham go head to head on the first weekend of the season for the second year running.
The Magpies came out on top at the London Stadium last September, but the Hammers regrouped superbly and enjoyed a fine campaign that ended with Europa League qualification.
The Toon Army will be back at St James’ Park for the opener, though, and can inspire their side, with a home win at 23/10 our first Newcastle vs West Ham prediction.
A Look At Newcastle United’s Betting Odds
Newcastle overcame some struggles to finish 12th in the Premier League last season.
Boss Steve Bruce was under immense pressure from the club’s fans after they became embroiled in a relegation battle, but five wins in their last eight matches secured their top-flight status.
It was no coincidence that Newcastle’s upturn in form from April came at the same time that influential forward Allan Saint-Maximin returned from injury and the Frenchman, Miguel Almiron and Callum Wilson will again be crucial this term.
Retaining Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock following last season’s successful loan spell makes sense and the Magpies beat Norwich 3-0 in a warm-up friendly last weekend.
Newcastle have a strong recent record against West Ham, winning three and drawing one of their last four meetings.
They have scored first in three of those matches and the Magpies to break the deadlock again at 6/5 stands out in the Newcastle vs West Ham odds.
A Look At West Ham United’s Betting Odds
After fighting off relegation the previous season, David Moyes did a remarkable job in guiding West Ham to sixth and securing a European spot.
They will again seek to build around England midfielder Declan Rice and the forward running of Michail Antonio, but Jesse Lingard returned to Manchester United after an excellent loan spell.
French goalkeeper Alphonse Areola has arrived on a season-long loan from PSG after doing well with Fulham last term.
Moyes said: “Alphonse is an experienced and talented goalkeeper who has played at the highest level and performed very well in the Premier League last season.
“We have been aware of his qualities for a long time and we have no doubt he will be another player and character who will enhance our squad.”
However, like with other sides, the Europa League could affect their domestic form this term, especially if they do not strengthen further.
West Ham struggled defensively during the business end of last term, conceding in 10 straight matches before a clean sheet in the season-ending 3-0 win over Southampton.
Seven of the last nine meetings between these two sides have produced over 2.5 goals so a 2-1 home win at 10/1 is our final Newcastle vs West Ham prediction.
Fulham 0-2 NEWCASTLE – Willock, Schar
WEST HAM 3-0 Southampton – Fornals (2), Rice
Head-to-head: Newcastle 3-2 West Ham, West Ham 0-2 Newcastle, Newcastle 2-2 West Ham, West Ham 2-3 Newcastle
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