It is West Ham up next for Rafa Benitez and his team.

Newcastle United having made it a trio of victories at Burnley, with four points the gap to the drop zone.

Just as Newcastle are hitting form, the Hammers have only one win since September.

That victory also coming against Burnley, West Ham winning 4-2 at the London Stadium but having to rely on two goals in the final six minutes.

The scorer of the opening goal that day wasΒ Marko Arnautovic and now the East London club’s top scorer is a big doubt for the game at St James Park.

The Hammers talisman might be moody and yet again making noises about wanting a move but with five goals so far, he is undoubtedly their biggest threat.

West Ham were taken apart 4-0 at home by Manchester City, three down in the opening 34 minutes as Guardiola’s men coasted the rest of the game.

With the game long gone and all three subs already used, Arnautovic foolishly tried to carry on despite clearly being injured, though not long before the final whistle the striker did hobble off.

He is now a big doubt for the game and would make it at least six West Ham players unavailable to face Newcastle.

The London Evening Standard have listed Winston Reid (Knee), Carlos Sanchez (Knee), Andriy Yarmolenko (Achilles), Manuel Lanzini (ACL) and Ryan Fredericks (Fibula), as all definitely missing on Saturday.

In reality, it is probably going to be eight or more West Ham players who aren’t in a proper condition to start against Newcastle.

Andy Carroll is back from his latest injury but last Saturday was the first time he’d made a matchday squad, so very unlikely he would be risked in the starting eleven.

Whilst just as unlikely is Jack Wilshere to make the team. Brought in as a free agent on massive wages, the former Arsenal player made four starts early on but hasn’t played for 13 weeks due to an ankle injury.

He hasn’t even made the bench so far, including against Man City, so despite being back in training the most the former England player could hope for is to be included amongst the substitutes.

That all sounds positive for the Newcastle camp and Rafa Benitez at least had Jonjo Shelvey back involved last night, even though he wasn’t called from the bench.

With Diame and Ki in excellent form in the 2-1 victory, an interesting selection lies ahead for Rafa Benitez.

We also await news on how likely it will be before we see the likes of Lascelles, Muto and Dummett back playing again.



  • Cushty lad

    And to think there was a few experts on here saying we should sign Wilshire. Total crock.

    • Peaky

      You’re right a total crock and tbh never really rated him as a player…another one with far too many off the field distractions.

      • Cushty lad

        Ramsey the same for the gooners. Great on his day but you can’t build a team round him. Always crocked. I would say thats why new manager wants rid & also why i don’t bemoan losing andy C as good as he was.

  • Kenny

    Andy Carroll should have been an England striker for a decade instead he`s had a raft of injuries & p1$$ed his life away.
    the guy is still unplayable on his day so lets hope he stays on the bench.

    • Leazes.

      What happened to the Carroll money? Did it go on the training facilities?

      • Peaky

        It seems like a lifetime since Carroll played for us so god knows what happened to the money….a bit similar to Beardsley really…shut up and hopefully no one will remember and it’ll all go away over time..

        • Kenny

          Pedro`s coaching the Heed
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          • Peaky

            Shame…they were doing ok under Watson.

          • 1957

            That’s them stuffed then…

      • Kenny

        God knows

  • Peaky

    Need to watch Felipe Anderson…dangerous player.

    • MadMag83

      He’ll have Yedlin on toast!

      • KennySamsung

        American bagle

        • MadMag83

          He might be more of a waffle man

  • Leazes.

    ….”Just as Newcastle are hitting form”…. what form is that ‘Mr Porter’?

    Its been a struggle and we have picked up the points by single goals.

    The bus is working against the lesser teams….its nothing to do with form, those players have given what they have in every game so far…. We are playing percentages, without flare, sat deep, there’s no room for form….

    ….its mechanised and systemised points harvesting.

    • steve

      Three wins in a row is form no matter which negative way you try to twist it.

      • KennySamsung

        A win away from home is always good, credit to the players. They aren’t great obviously but who cares at the minute.

    • S.G.M.

      Tit.

  • Ram Kishore

    They are missing their best attackers Yarmalenko and Lanzini.
    Is Andy Caroll ever coming back πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    • KennySamsung

      I’m glad he isn’t fit at the minute, he can be a handful.

      • Ram Kishore

        Heard Wilshire is back for them.
        I hope Marko is out too.

    • gold coast mag

      I recall Lanzini skinned us a few years ago- glad he’s out

  • Themoscow72

    Hope the club close the turn styles after ten minutes and lock the protesters out as we can do without them. Great that they will not be at the Wolves game just true supporters invited.

  • Cushty lad

    I see leazes and Kenny are having there afternoon love in. Pair of back slappers if ever there was. Boring Zzzzzzzz

    • Kenny

      Not as boring as your posts are, you inbred piece of schitt

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      • Cushty lad

        Morning Joey xx

    • KennySamsung

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  • Wor Lass

    I hope Arnautovic is missing – he`s a handful. I really don`t see how Rafa could contemplate disturbing the midfield. In fact, the whole team, Clark included, deserves to start again. The only person I thought looked off the pace last night was Rondon but he needs to game time to get up to full fitness.

    • Vodkamagpie

      Arnautovic is west ham. Rondon is key for us, first name on the team sheet. The amount of times he held up the ball, bringing the rest of the team into play. Joselu is useless at this aspect of the game

      • Wor Lass

        “Arnautovic is west ham.” That`s why I`ll be glad if he isn`t playing.

    • KennySamsung

      Any side that wins away from home deserves to play in the next game and deserves credit.

      • Vodkamagpie

        Depends on tactics, formation might change, therefore players might change.

        • KennySamsung

          Possibly, apart from the lack of options other than swopping Ki for Shelvey and anyone for Perez, at the minute the side picks itself as they say.

    • Cockneytrev

      Adrian Durham , Talksport tonight, mitrovic would get in any team in the world, except NUFC and Barcelona,, IMO , Arnautovic, is head and shoulders above, his all round game is top drawer,, they get him off stoke and we get Joselu,,,,,,,

  • Stephen Paylor

    Some of their better players missing, if Marko is out it will be a great chance to extend the run. Luck has changed lately