When: Sunday, August 14, 2pm BST
Where: St. James' Park
How to watch: Sky Sports
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On paper, this does seem like a good fixture for Newcastle to kick off the new season with.
The Magpies have won three of their last four games against the Hammers, scoring ten goals in the process.
Despite a lot of the doom and gloom that seems to linger around St. James' Park, it must be remembered that Steve Bruce led his side to a respectable 12th placed finish last season.
What's more, the club have recently completed the signing of Joe Willock as they look for another steady campaign in the Premier League.
Speaking of the transfer market, it certainly has been a quiet one for David Moyes and West Ham.
The club managed a sixth placed finish last term and even secured European soccer. However, having failed to strengthen over the summer, this could be a tough season for the Hammers.
Last three matches
Newcastle 3-2 West Ham (Premier League - April 17, 2021)
The last time these two clubs went head-to-head, viewers were treated to a St. James' Park classic.
Newcastle took a 2-0 lead when an own goal from Issa Diop and a 41st minute strike from Joelinton put the Magpies in a commanding position.
West Ham battled back and managed to get on level terms when Diop avenged his earlier error and Jesse Lingard successfully converted an 80th minute penalty.
A minute after the penalty was taken, Joe Willock was brought on by Steve Bruce. Another minute later, the former Arsenal man bagged the winning goal as the three points stayed in the North East.
West Ham 0-2 Newcastle (Premier League - September 12, 2020)
When this fixture was last played at the London Stadium, it was the Magpies who stormed to a 2-0 win.
Callum Wilson scored the opener in the 56th minute before Jeff Hendrick added a second to make sure of the victory.
Newcastle 2-2 West Ham (Premier League - July 5, 2020)
There was another classic down at St. James' Park when the two teams clashed last summer.
Michail Antonio opened the scoring in the 4th minute before the Magpies found a quick equaliser from Miguel Almiron.
Tomas Soucek restored West Ham's lead in the second-half but Moyes' men failed to hang on as Jonjo Shelvey made it 2-2.
Last ten head-to-heads
Newcastle wins: 6
West Ham wins: 3
Newcastle goals: 18
West Ham goals: 16
In the last five head-to-head games between Newcastle and West Ham, there has been a total of 18 goals.
The last goalless draw in this fixture took place all the way back in 2013. Meanwhile, 12 of the last 13 games have seen two or more goals scored.
For many years now this has been a fixture that you can rely on when it comes to the goals market.
With that in mind, our recommendation is to back the 17/20 bet on over two goals to be scored in the match.
Alternatively, you can back both teams to score in the second half at 11/5. This is a bet that has landed in three of the last four meetings and the odds certainly offer decent value.
Not a happy hunting ground for the Hammers
It's fair to say that St. James' Park is not an away day that many West Ham fans will have fond memories of.
The Hammers have won just two of their last 17 visits to the ground. What's more, nine of those games have ended with home victories.
However, it's not all bad news. David Moyes' men have enjoyed an unbeaten pre-season which included a 2-0 win over Atalanta and even a 6-2 thrashing of Celtic.
Clearly, goals are not an issue as West Ham enter this brand-new season.
Newcastle's Callum Wilson offers the shortest price in the anytime goalscorer market.
The player scored eight goals in ten Premier League games against the Hammers - no surprise to see him priced at 11/8 then.
From West Ham's perspective, it is Michail Antonio who leads the betting at 13/8.
The forward is one goal away from going level with Paolo Di Canio as the club's joint highest Premier League goalscorer.