It was a sobering opening-day defeat to Newcastle at an empty London Stadium in the Premier League last season, but West Ham bounced back to achieve an unthinkable sixth-placed finish, and David Moyes will now be hoping to get this campaign up and running without the dropped points on matchday one.
The Hammers discover their Europa League group stage fate later this month, so they will want to accumulate as many points as possible in these early weeks before the added strain of Thursday night football takes its toll on what is an exceptionally thin squad, with West Ham yet to make a significant dent in the market.
Newcastle, likewise, are yet to splurge this summer, with the impending arrival of Joe Willock not yet confirmed, and just a handful of youngsters to show for their summer, but Steve Bruce will feel his squad is strong enough to improve upon their 12th-placed finish last season and compete in the top half.
The Magpies boast prolific marksman Callum Wilson — who loves a goal against West Ham — talismanic trickster Allan Saint-Maximin and a host of hard-working midfielders, but the mood remains sombre on Tyneside, so Bruce must put points on the board from the off or risk St. James’ Park turning hostile.
Newcastle vs West Ham: Match Stats
Newcastle have been a bit of a bogey team for West Ham in recent years. Since their return to the Premier League in 2017/18, Newcastle have won more games against the Hammers than any other club (five, level with Southampton). Not to mention they completed the double over them last season.
Incredibly just four teams done the double of Moyes’ men in 2020/21: Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea and… Newcastle. So the Scot will want to rectify that stat, and in Michail Antonio he has a player who has flourished this pre-season and remains just one goal away from matching Paolo Di Canio (47) as the club’s highest goalscorer in the Premier League.
Newcastle vs West Ham: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Newcastle 1-1 West Ham
Newcastle vs West Ham: Odds
Newcastle vs West Ham: Head to Head
17 Apr 2021 – Newcastle 3-2 West Ham – Premier League
12 Sep 2020 – West Ham 0-2 Newcastle – Premier League
05 Jul 2020 – Newcastle 2-2 West Ham – Premier League
02 Nov 2019 – West Ham 2-3 Newcastle – Premier League
02 Mar 2019 – West Ham 2-0 Newcastle – Premier League
That curtain-raising loss last season for West Ham ultimately proved the nadir of an otherwise exceptional season for the club. Goals from Wilson and Jeff Hendrick at the London Stadium bruised the club’s hopes of avoiding another relegation scrap, but by the time they faced off against in April, West Ham were vying for the top four. Again Newcastle spoiled the party, winning 3-2 against 10-man West Ham, with Willock netting the winner late on.