Paul Merson says that if Monday night’s match was being played on Tyneside he would expect West Ham to definitely win.

This being a reference to the Hammers’ strange form so far, having beat both Arsenal and Liverpool away from home, yet losing to both Bournemouth and Leicester at Upton Park.

The former Arsenal and Middlesbrough player says that Newcastle are heading in the ‘right direction’ under Steve McClaren, even if hey are yet to pick up a league win.

Predicting a close game, Paul Merson goes for a close 2-1 win for the home side, leaving Newcastle without a win and in the relegation zone.

West Ham have revealed that Andy Carroll is in full training ahead of the match and could figure alongside all or some of their deadline day signings.

The only bit of light relief from Merson is that he also expects Sunderland to lose at the weekend.

They play on Sunday and he has tipped Tottenham to win 2-1 at the Stadium of Light. A result which would at least keep Newcastle off the bottom of the league, unless they shipped a few goals.

Paul Merson talking to Sky Sports about West Ham v Newcastle:

“If this game was at St James’ Park I would say West Ham straight away, but at Upton Park I’m not sure.

“They’ve played against two teams who you would expect to finish in the bottom half of the table at home and lost convincingly to both of them, and then gone and played two teams you’d expect to finish in the top five and won away.”

Right direction:

“This is a really weird game this one, Newcastle are heading in the right direction under Steve McClaren, even if the results haven’t been great.

“I fancy West Ham here slightly, but it’s going to be a difficult game.”