Newcastle host West Ham at St James. Get all the info, with this preview courtesy of fanatix.
It’ll be a case of friends (or otherwise) reunited at St James’ Park as bosses Alan Pardew and Sam Allardyce both come up against their former employer. Pardew has further fuelled the fire ahead of what is an already fiesty-looking fixture by admitting that he’d love to bring West Ham loanee Andy Carroll back to the North East when his spell in East London is up.
Carroll is one of two players sold by Pardew – the other being former Toon skipper Kevin Nolan – who could return to haunt the London-born Newcastle boss but the Magpies have undoubtedly improved vastly since both left and will be firm favourites for this one, despite some defensive mishaps in recent weeks.
Venue St James’ Park, Sunday 3pm
Last season n/a
Referee Mike Dean
This season’s matches 7 Y23, R1, 3.43 cards per game
Odds Newcastle 10-11 West Ham 3-1 Draw 12-5
fanatix predicted line-ups
Subs from Harper, Amalfitano, Obertan, Bigirimana, Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Shola Ameobi, Ferguson, Tavernier, Abeid
Doubtful Ba (shin), Cabaye (hamstring), Simpson (shoulder)
Injured Perch (thigh, 17 Nov), Elliot (groin, 24 Nov), R Taylor (knee, May), Vuckic (knee, May), Gosling (knee, unknown)
Suspended Coloccini (first of three), Tioté (last of three)
Form guide DWDLDW
Disciplinary record Y22 R2
Leading scorer Ba 7
Subs from Spiegel, Tomkins, O’Brien, Cole, Maïga, Spence, O’Neil, Potts, Hall, Driver, Moncur, Tombides, McCallum
Doubtful Collins (thigh), Demel (hernia), Tomkins (calf)
Injured Diarra (thigh, 19 Nov), Taylor (calf, 19 Nov), Vaz Tê (shoulder, Jan), Collison (knee, unknown)
Form guide DLWLWD
Disciplinary record Y25 R0
Leading scorer Nolan 4
West Ham have failed to win any of their last nine visits to Newcastle. Their last victory at St James’ Park was in October 1998.
Sam Allardyce’s reign at Newcastle may not have been a happy one but his side did beat the Hammers on the only occasion they met under him – a 3-1 win in September 2007.
Newcastle have lost only one of their last eight league games, a 3-0 home defeat by Manchester United.
The Magpies are eight points down on this stage last season, when they sat third in the league table.
Alan Pardew’s men are unbeaten when scoring first this season, but are yet to win after conceding the opening goal.
It’s over two years since the Magpies came from behind to win a league game – a 2-1 victory at West Ham in October 2010. Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan, now both with the Hammers, scored the goals that day.
Alan Pardew was West Ham manager from 2003 to 2006. He led the club to promotion to the Premier League in 2004-05 and they were FA Cup runners up in 2006.
West Ham are yet to win outside London so far this season. Their only away triumph to date came across the capital at QPR.
The Hammers have failed to win in their last four Premier League visits to the north-east, losing each of the last two without scoring.
Sam Allardyce’s men have not scored in the first half of their last three league matches, and in six of their 10 first halves in total this season.
Andy Carroll scored 31 goals in 78 league appearances for Newcastle from 2006 to 2011, while Kevin Nolan made 85 league appearances (29 goals) for Newcastle between 2009 to 2011.
Sam Allardyce won eight of 24 matches as Newcastle manager from May 2007 to January 2008.
fanatix prediction: Shock 1-0 win for West Ham.