Preview - West Ham United vs Newcastle United 02 November 19

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Match Day 11
West Ham United vs. Newcastle United
Saturday, November 2nd 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: London Stadium

West Ham United:
Last five matches form: W D L L D
Average goals per match: 1.20
Average goals against per match: 1.40
Top Scorer: Sébastien Haller (4)

Newcastle United:
Last five matches form: D L W L D
Average goals per match: 0.60
Average goals against per match: 1.50
Top Scorer: Fabian Schär, Jamaal Lascelles, Jetro Willems, Jonjo Shelvey, Matty Longstaff and Joelinton (1)

It's a battle of the Uniteds at the London Stadium on Match Day 11 in the Premier League, as 10th placed West Ham play host to a Newcastle side who currently sit in 17th and just one point above the relegation zone.

West Ham bossed this fixture last season, coming away with a 2-0 win in this one, and bettering that with a 3-0 triumph at St. James' Park.

Newcastle will be forced to break up the Longstaff brothers partnership in the centre of the park for this one, with older sibling Sean suspended courtesy of that red card against Wolves last weekend.

Having started very brightly, West Ham are now without a win in their past four in the Premier League, disappointingly losing to Crystal Palace and drawing with Sheffield United in their two most recent fixtures here.

Newcastle have struggled on the road so far, losing four of five and scoring just three times. It is that lack of goals which is proving to be a major issue for Steve Bruce's men, and it will be interesting to see how long he perseveres with the Joelinton, Miguel Almiron partnership. Both players do offer something, but don't appear to gel in the current system.

Newcastle don't score many, and have conceded three or more in three of their five away fixtures. West Ham aren't the most trustworthy of side's but those stats do sound like a recipe for a home win, particularly with defensive shield Longstaff out.

Prediction: West Ham United 4 - 1 Newcastle United


Half time: 0 - 2
Full time: 2 - 3
Shots: 16 - 12
Shots on target: 6 - 9
Corner Kicks: 7 - 3
Possession: 69% - 31%

Issa Diop and Aaron Cresswell were booked for the home side with Federico Fernandez of Newcastle United also having his name taken by referee Stuart Atwell.

This ended up being a lot closer than it should have been. Had Newcastle been more clinical in the opening half, this could quite easily have been four or more at the break. As it was, the Magpies still ran out thoroughly deserving winners, for all that a couple of late goals for the hosts did make it a little hairy.

The opener arrived in the 16th minute courtesy of a well-worked free kick routine. Jonjo Shelvey sending the ball from the right beyond the far post - Joelinton getting up to nod back across goal and Ciaran Clark rising highest to thump a six-yard header into the top left.

Six minutes later it was two. Jetro Willems floating a ball into the area from deep on the left. Defence nowhere, keeper flapping at nothing and Federico Fernandez heading home from seven yards. Newcastle still had time to miss two one on ones with the keeper and hit the woodwork as the hapless Hammers struggled to get much going - although Martin Dubravka did make one decent stop from Fabian Balbuena. 0-2 at the break.

Six minutes into the second half this looked as good as over. Shelvey lining up a free kick 30 yards and more from goal in a central area and sending the ball up and over the wall and into the bottom right.

West Ham pulled one back with 17 minutes to play. A corner from the left flicked on at the near post and palmed into the path of Balbuena to bundle home from a couple of yards.

Then in the ninetieth minute the hosts did have a late lifeline. Robert Snodgrass found just inside the area and central and firing an excellent first time volley into the bottom right.

That's as close as the Hammers got. 2-3 it finished.

Desperately disappointing result and performance from West Ham United. The Hammers drop to twelfth and it might not be long until the patience of the fans begins to wear thing considering the significant investment in the club and minimal progress. Big win on the road for Newcastle who move up to fifteenth and four points clear of the relegation zone.

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