James Collins didn’t enjoy his first Premier League match of the season very much.

The West Ham player part of a defence that was taken apart with ease by Newcastle United back in August.

It was the first win of the season for NUFC, with Joselu, Clark and Mitrovic getting the goals.

Picking up a calf injury after two more games in September, James Collins was then out for three months.

He returned to the team on Saturday and helped the Hammers to a 3-0 win at Stoke, the centre-back pleased the game still went ahead after a power cut, as he thought it was a good time to play the Potters who’d pick up only five points from the last twenty one.

This Saturday they play a Newcastle side with only one point from the last twenty seven and no wonder James Collins think it could be a good time to play Rafa’s team as well.

West Ham lost 1-0 on Tuesday night in the League Cup at Arsenal with a much changed team, though Collins did play as he gets back to full match fitness.

With the Hammers in the bottom three and facing Chelsea and Arsenal at home, then fellow relegation strugglers Stoke at home, James Collins says ‘people were probably fearing the worst’, but wins over Chelsea and Stoke plus a point against Arsenal have pulled out of the bottom three, at least for the time being.

The Hammers were indebted though to their most creative player and cheat, Manuel Lanzini, for the points on Saturday. He dived to win a penalty for the first goal and then went on to be man of the match, Stoke furious after Lanzini had cheated. Little comfort for them but at least Newcastle won’t be facing him after an FA panel banned him retrospectively.

Newcastle may be 18th and in the relegation zone but only three points divides them and 12th placed Southampton, a win in London on Saturday and they will get out of the bottom three and go above the Hammers.

Never would a win be more timely.

James Collins:

“We are full of confidence, as you might expect.

“A few weeks back, the confidence was low and people were probably fearing the worst with the games that we had, but it shows the character of the lads to come through, and get seven points from the last three games.

“We’ve got a big game against Newcastle now, but our confidence is high, and I’m sure we can get another three points on Saturday.

“We were happy we played Stoke last week, after the power cut threatened to have the game postponed, because we thought it was a good time to play them, and hopefully that is the case again this weekend.

“I’m 34 now and I feel good.

“I was out for 12 weeks, which is a long time, but I came back in and the boys really helped me out and performed really well, so I feel great.”

West Ham v Newcastle Match Betting:

West Ham win 11/10Draw 23/10Newcastle win 14/5

NUFC to win 2-1 12/1Gayle to score first goal 11/2Newcastle win to nil 5/1

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