Newcastle vs West Ham Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Newcastle vs West Ham | Sunday 24 May, 2015 | St James’ Park | 15.00
A three-way relegation battle will be fought in the final Premier League fixtures this season as Newcastle, Hull City and Sunderland all struggle to avoid the drop. Can Newcastle beat West Ham to ensure their place in next season’s Premier League?
Newcastle’s chances of survival are guaranteed if they win against West Ham but rest with Hull City if they lose or draw. If the Tigers win and Newcastle do not, then the Magpies retain a small chance at survival on the off chance that Sunderland lose both of their games and give away a five-goal goal difference. Got it?
*EDIT* Sunderland drew with Arsenal to stay up, so it’ll be between Newcastle and Hull to fight it out *EDIT*
With so many different permutations, John Carver’s men will undoubtedly be pushing for the victory at St James’ Park on Sunday to secure their own future in the top tier of English football.
Carver has described the clash with West Ham as one of the biggest in the history of the club.
“I’m really disappointed about [the loss] because in the first half I thought we were in control,” the Newcastle boss commented after losing to QPR last time out.
“We were not under any threat and then for that 10 minutes after half-time we shot ourselves in the foot again. We could have avoided that.
“It was in our hands and we could have put it to bed. We haven’t but now it is definitely the biggest game and the biggest we’ve had for a long, long time.
“What I will say is I want the same atmosphere as we had against West Brom a fortnight ago because it could be the fans who actually get us across the line and keep our Premier League status.”
West Ham, who themselves sit securely in the middle of the table, will be disappointed not to be finishing in a European qualifying spot after a superb first half to the season. However the Irons look to qualify through the Europa fair play policy, assuming they keep their behaviour in Sunday’s game clean.
Manager Sam Allardyce, however, may not be the man to take the Hammers to Europe as his contract is up at the end of the season and he looks set to leave after Sunday’s clash.
Allardyce will be keen to seal his time at West Ham by helping to send his former club – with which he spent a tortuous spell in 2007 – down to the second tier.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash, the Hammers boss said, “When you look at the situation from our point of view it’s about being professional, not about what we do because it’s Newcastle and we were there.
“It’s about trying to win there for our benefit and the justification for everybody else in terms of who are fighting that relegation battle.”
Emphasising his unwillingness to show mercy to his former team, he added, “We have to try to do our very best. You can’t show sympathy for anybody because nobody shows any sympathy for you.”
Newcastle vs West Ham Betting Tips
West Ham have had a fairly dismal run since the New Year but, with nine losses in ten games, Newcastle are in even worse form right now.
Yet with more to play for and the support of a home crowd, we think the Magpies might just sneak the win in this tie and secure their place in the Premier League next season.