Michael Owen has been looking at this Saturday’s game at St James Park.

Four and a half hours of football ago, West Ham were 13th with eights points and Newcastle only one place off the bottom on goal difference with three points

The present day sees Newcastle now in 13th, above the Hammers on goal difference.

Only one win for West Ham since September, three victories in a row for Rafa’s players.

Six goals in six away games for the visitors and six in seven at home for the Magpies, doesn’t suggest a lot of goals.

However, Newcastle have started to find the net a little more regularly whilst Manuel Pellegrini and Hammers fans are despairing of their defence. Ten goals conceded in their last four matches (all competitions) including four at home to Man City last Saturday, even their one win since September saw them concede two at home to Burnley, West Ham only winning thanks to two goals in the last six minutes.

The Hammers could be missing as many as eight first team squad players when it come to Pellegrini picking his team and all eyes will be on Arnautovic, top scorer (five goals) and easily their best attacking player, he hobbled off at the end of that Man City defeat and is a big doubt.

Newcastle have a great record at home against the East London club and indeed the Hammers have only won once in the last 20 years on Tyneside. Kevin Nolan scoring the only goal back in November 2012.

Michael Owen predicts a draw due to it being two well-matched teams but you could have said that about any of the last three Newcastle games.

Which actually Michael Owen did to, forecasting draws against Watford, Bournemouth and Burnley, only for Rafa Benitez to see his team win all three.

As an interesting aside, Newcastle fans gave Michael Owen stick for always referring to Man U as ‘United’ when they played Newcastle United!

So he changed and for some time now he usually refers to Newcastle as ‘United’. On this occasion though, obviously he has forgotten about West Ham United. There’s another group of fans he has upset!

Both Newcastle and West Ham have a December full of matches where they could potentially take points from any game, with seven games each, it is only Newcastle’s trip to Liverpool that involves a ‘big six’ side.

With home advantage, West Ham’s injuries and the results down the years between the two clubs at St James Park, every reason to think Newcastle can make it four PL wins in a row. However, just like these last three victories, Newcastle will have to be well up for it if they are to do so.

Wednesday has also seen the club release training shots showing all but Paul Dummett missing, suggesting the likes of Shelvey, Muto and Lascelles are set to be putting pressure on the team that has won these past three matches. Newcastle fans aren’t suddenly thinking their team/squad are World beaters but certainly this month has given us a lot of things to be more optimistic about, with even luck in games starting to turn our way and now what looks a more or less full and now competitive squad available.

Michael Owen speaking to BetVictor:

“Newcastle face West Ham at St James Park with both clubs sitting on twelve points and identical playing records.

“United were delighted to take maximum points from Monday’s trip to Burnley which was their third win on the bounce.

“The Hammers have had some eye catching results but have struggled for consistency and were thrashed 4-0 at home against Manchester City last weekend.

“They have a strong forward line so it’s not often they fire a blank and I expect them to find the net in the North East.

“With the teams so well matched this has draw written all over it however and 1-1 can be backed at 11/2.”

Newcastle v West Ham Match Betting:

Newcastle win 6/4Draw 9/4West Ham win 21/10

NUFC win 2-1 9/1Rondon to score first goal 5/1NUFC to win both halves 13/2

All Newcastle v West Ham betting HERE

  • Kenny

    The lads are doing ok, if we had a strike force i`d go for 3-1 but we haven`t so
    i`m going 2-1 again.
    Ki looks very mobile, could Jojo come back in and Ki take Perez`s position,
    i don`t think it`ll happen but i`d like so see if it could work

    • justchampion

      Shelvey for Perez maybe?

      • Kenny

        Ki is more moblie & Jonjo passes a better long ball

    • Peaky

      Kept it quiet you were in Beverley Hills 90210 Kenny…..🤣😂

      • Kenny

        i think you`re wrong, so is leazes by the way

    • Wor Lass

      I hadn`t thought about Ki there. He could do the biz going forward but I don`t know if he could give us the ground coverage and closing down that Perez does. That`s why Rafa nearly always starts him. As players come back to fitness it makes Rafa`s job harder but I bet he`s loving it.

    • KennySamsung

      Anybody for Perez?.. we are so used to seeing ‘trying to stop’ when we should be seeing ‘trying to create’.. stick Kennedy behind Rondon, Ki left mid Shelvey right mid, Diame just behind.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    eat a fart, Michael

  • Peaky

    Little squirt is early this week….must have a horse to fall off in the next couple of days.

    • Wor Lass

      I watched BT Sport for the first time last night and I honestly didn`t recognise the little gimp. When I say first time – it`s also the last. Sky have nothing to fear. Even Eurosport`s better!!

      • Peaky

        Never bother myself…..they occasionally put random games on Freeview to try and tempt subscription….it doesn’t work…it’s like a cheap QVC set.

        • Rich Lawson

          My daughter has it as part of her package so I go to her house to watch our games,their commentary is woeful and they NEVER have a decent pundit to support us. Always Owen or Jenas !! And how does Jenas do that with working on MOTD as well,conflict of interest.

  • Andy Mac

    What Michael Owen has to say about NUFC is about as relevant as the colour of Trumps underwear ? 🙄

    • Wor Lass

      You been wondering about that, Andy?

      • Andy Mac

        Nope just as I don’t give a fk about Owen’s opinions. Trying to appear, now he s no longer playing, that he has something meaningful to add to the conversation ? Whereas in reality he’s just plain dull🙄

  • KennySamsung

    The mans an idiot