West Ham arrive at St James Park on a bit of a downer, only one win since September and a 4-0 hammering at home by Manchester City in their last match.

In contrast, Newcastle have followed no wins in their opening 11 matches, with three straight victories.

Ahead of today’s big game with West Ham United at St James Park, our regular columnist David Punton caught up with Jeff Gayle from the West Ham Till I Die independent site to get his thoughts on all things black & white and claret & blue:

How are West Ham fans feeling about the season so far and life under Manuel Pellegrini?

Foolishly ,West Ham fans always look forward to a good season, and generally have our hopes shattered by September. 

Under Manuel Pelligrini things are ever the same.  The jury’s still out I suppose. 

There have been one or two signs of progression, e.g. beating Man Utd, but they have been quickly snuffed out.  We have got some good players so I hope he can get the best out of them.

What are your thoughts on our game this weekend and will West Ham react after that mauling off Man City. Score prediction?

Well we’re playing you at exactly the wrong moment: at your place with you having had three really good wins on the trot! 

However, I’m hoping that the Man City result will spark a reaction.  I’ll take a point, but if we can score first, I’m hoping we can sneak it.  1 – 2.  Honestly though, any score is possible.

Who are the danger players who can open up NUFC at St James Park?

Marco Arnautovic, if fit, is a handful for any defence.  Anderson is capable of excellence, just hasn’t been consistent enough. 

I doubt he will open the defence, but Declan Rice is having a really good season, and has been our best midfielder so far this season.

What do you make of the way Mike Ashley is running NUFC?

To be honest, it’s a bit like the Brexit situation, it’s gone on now for so long, you just want it to end.

Newcastle fans are planning a series of protests against the owner, something West Ham fans have been doing themselves?

You might as well flog a dead horse. 

People with millions (Gold/Sullivan), or in Ashley’s case billions of squid, do what the f… they like and couldn’t give a toss what the likes of us think.

How are the fans feeling about Andy Carroll’s time at your club given all of the time he has spent in the treatment room?

Poor old Andy. 

Did you hear that he named his son ‘Wolf 9’?  He’s a source of great amusement/bemusement  – take your pick! 

You’ve got to say that we have not had full value for him.  I’ve just looked it up and he’s played 102 times including 29 as sub over 6 years and scored 26 goals.  He’s apparently fit again and may be on the bench this weekend. 

In my own lowly semi-pro/amateur playing days I had a few bad injuries, so I’ve got a bit of sympathy for him.

Have Hammers fans started to get used to life in that new London Stadium or is it still a bit of a white elephant?

You can’t look a gift horse in the mouth, even if it looks more like a camel! 

Basically, it’s not Upton Park, it’s not a proper football ground, but it’s what we’ve got.

Is Newcastle away one of the more enjoyable away days?

It is if we win!

Who will be relegated from the Premier League this season?

Huddersfield, Cardiff and Fulham I think. 

Although I hope Fulham stay up, because that is a great trip across London.

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