Newcastle’s Predicted Starting Line-Up Against West Ham
Newcastle United v West Ham
Saturday 24th August 3pm
The first home match and more than a few Toon fans will have this as a ‘must win’.
Yet again the first eleven, at least on paper, looks more or less the part and surely they will come out and get straight at West Ham.
Odds of 2/1 Newcastle to win the first half are a must bet for me.
(To view all NUFC v West Ham match betting click HERE)
The bench will not make pleasant viewing on Saturday with a horrendous lack of options but more than a few people will get their wish in Saturday’s line-up.
At today’s press conference, Alan Pardew has started that Jonas Gutierrez and Cheick Tiote will likely the only two to miss through injury, the latter picking up a strain in the City match and likely to be replaced by Vurnon Anita, now it is up to Anita to prove his fans correct.
Assuming Pardew didn’t mention Remy because it was already stated he would be missing, then that leaves only Steven Taylor as the only guaranteed to miss. I don’t though anticipate Cabaye taking part as the thought of him getting injured just before a possible deal, will not be on Mike Ashley’s agenda.
I can see Marveaux getting the nod on the left and Gouffran moved in behind Cisse to give us a bit more of an attacking look, the 11/1 Gouffran first scorer looks tempting.
However, as was shown with last season’s bore draw at Upton Park, you can’t rely on Allardyce to actively encourage an open game.
The Manchester City defeat, especially the manner of it, will have helped to give us better prices this weekend and certainly 13/10 on a Newcastle win will surely appeal to a good number of you who believe Newcastle’s starting eleven can be too good for a run of the mill visiting Hammers.
If you are a bit more adventurous then I think that if Newcastle can get their noses in front first half, then Krul and Coloccini can keep things together at the back, the opposition a bit different to what they faced on Monday night. If so, Newcastle to be leading HT and FT at 11/4 must look attractive.
A returning Santon will give us extra mobility going forward and this Saturday of all days is one where Newcastle have to get the first goal.
Relying on the bench to save the day will not be the answer, taking the initiative from the off is more what we are all looking for.
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