West Ham sit bottom of the Premier League table, one of five clubs yet to pick up a point this season.
A goal difference of minus five has condemned them to 20th place, whilst minus three means Newcastle are one position above the relegation zone.
Something has to change at St James Park on Saturday when the two teams meet, the game already sold out and a fifty two thousand crowd guaranteed.
A 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford has been followed by a 3-2 loss at Southampton on Saturday, an away tie in the League Cup comes up at Cheltenham on Wednesday as Newcastle host Nottingham Forest.
The start of the season was always going to be a bit more of a challenge for the Hammers, with early games all having to be played away from home due to their stadium hosting the World Athletics championships.
Joe Hart already having conceded seven goals in two games, though Hernandez reminded everybody of his quality with two goals against the Saints in that 3-2 defeat.
Rafa Benitez is having to deal with injury and suspension problems, with Yedin, Dummett, Lejeune and Shelvey all missing.
Whilst Slaven Bilic also has problems, having fitness doubts about Lanzini, Kouyate and Andy Carroll (obviously!) going into the Newcastle match.
These worries were made a lot worse when Winston Reid injured a calf muscle during the warm-up on Saturday, leading him to miss the Southampton game and Slaven Bilic has confirmed that he won’t be back in time for Newcastle.
Then his big signing of the summer, Arnautovic, ended up costing West Ham the game and picking up a three match ban , when he elbowed Jack Stephens, leaving the Hammers to play with 10 men for an hour against Southampton.
It certainly won’t be easy but Newcastle should take heart from the players West Ham will be missing and the fact they have conceded seven goals already, no better time for the Magpies to start scoring a few themselves.
As for West Ham and Slaven Bilic, they will be looking forward to belatedly kicking off at home, when they play Huddersfield on Monday 11 September.