Newcastle vs West Ham: Win for Hammers can continue European dream

West Ham can take another major step towards Champions League football with a win over Newcastle United.

When: Saturday, April 17, 12:30

How to watch: Sky Sports Main Event

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Both sides have scored 83 goals between them so far this season and this figure is likely to increase on Saturday.

A goal in each half and over five corners in each half is priced at 4/1 with Sky Bet

West Ham have enjoyed a sublime season under David Moyes but a win is pivotal if they are to fend off the chasing pack and secure their European dream. An early goal for the Hammers would certainly put them in the driving seat for a seventeenth win.

Declan Rice alongside West Ham manager, David Moyes
Declan Rice alongside West Ham manager, David Moyes

West Ham to score first, get the first card, win the first corner and win the first throw in is 10/1 with Paddy Power.

Despite a crucial win against Burnley boosting their hopes of survival, Newcastle will face a much tougher test in the East London outfit.

West Ham to win or draw, both teams to score in the second half and over 2.5 goals in the match is priced at 7/2 with Ladbrokes

Euphoric European nights beckon for wondrous West Ham

Following David Moyes' dismissal in 2018, you would have been laughed at if you were to suggest that just over two years the Scotsman would have the club on the brink of Champions League football with Jesse Lingard as his star player. 

Yet here we are. West Ham have endured a terrific Premier League campaign so far under the 57-year-old. The club is sitting fourth in the Premier League table with 55 points to their name and with just seven games left. They are refusing to give up on their dreams of a sensational Champions League finish.

The aforementioned Lingard has been somewhat of a revelation since making the switch to the London Stadium, scoring eight goals in his opening nine Premier League games for the Hammers. He has established himself as a crucial asset to the team, alongside other midfield stalwarts in Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek.

Tomas Soucek has enjoyed a great campaign with the Hammers
Tomas Soucek has enjoyed a great campaign with the Hammers

In comparison to last season, the Hammers already have 16 more points than they did in the entirety of last season and sit 11 places higher.

Having only lost one of their last five Premier League games - of which included a thrilling 3-2 victory over fellow high-flyers Leicester - another victory for West Ham will continue to edge their grand visions ever so close to a brilliant reality.

Last three Premier League meetings

West Ham 0-2 Newcastle (September, 12 2020)

Newcastle picked up an impressive three points in the opening game of this season's Premier League campaign, thanks to goals from newly-signed debutants Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick.

It was the two mentioned players who linked up for the Magpies' opener after 56 minutes. Hendrick's cross was met by the head of Wilson - who scored a well deserved debut goal after threatening the Hammers throughout the first half.

Hendrick doubled Newcastle's lead late on with a well-hit, left-footed strike into the top corner of the Burnley goal, to ensure a deserved win for Steve Bruce's side in East London.

Newcastle 2-2 West Ham (July 5, 2020)

Jonjo Shelvey dealt another crucial blow to West Ham's survival hopes, after the visitors twice squandered the lead.

The Hammers were handed an early chance to go in front after a poor touch from Jamaal Lascelles fell to Michail Antonio who slotted home to put them 1-0 up after just four minutes.

West Ham regained the lead again in the second half when Soucek struck a low-driven shot past Martin Dubravka, but Shelvey equalised just two minutes later leaving Moyes' side just four points from safety. 

West Ham 2-3 Newcastle (November 2, 2019)

Goals from Clark, Fernandez and Shelvey helped Newcastle edge a five-goal thriller at the London stadium and move up to 15th in the table after a difficult start to the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.

The first three goals were all scored by the visitors - two first-half headers from Clark and Fernandez and a sublime second-half Shelvey free-kick saw the Magpies go 3-0 up in 51 minutes.

Balbuena provided a lifeline for West Ham when he bundled the ball home in the 73rd minute, and this was intensified when Robert Snodgrass scored their second in injury time. Fortunately for Steve Bruce and Newcastle, they were able to hold on to three important points.

Head-to-head in the Premier League:

Played: 45

Newcastle wins: 21

Draws: 11

West Ham wins: 13

Newcastle goals: 73

West Ham goals: 54

Consistency is key for Magpies to solidify safety

A superb statement of intent was shown by Newcastle last weekend as Steve Bruce's side came from behind to beat Burnley 2-1. The unpredictably brilliant Allan St. Maximin inspired a resolute performance from the Magpies.

The job is far from done for under-pressure Steve Bruce and his side - who sit six points clear of Fulham - face a number of tough fixtures in the Premier League's enthralling final run in.

Newcastle United manager, Steve Bruce
Newcastle United manager, Steve Bruce

Following their tough encounter with the fearless Hammers on Saturday, Newcastle face four unfriendly fixtures in the form of champions Liverpool, Leicester, Arsenal and champions-to-be Manchester City.

Irrespective of this tricky spell of games, the Magpies have only lost one game in their last six, picking up well-earned points against Wolves, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.

Avoiding defeat this weekend should see their hopes of survival solidify further if Fulham fail to beat Arsenal on Sunday, as the Cottager's hopes of staying up slowly continue to fade.

Goalscorer bets

Jesse Lingard has been in immaculate form since his loan move to the London Stadium with eight goals in nine games. Meanwhile, Allan Saint-Maximin marked a triumphant return from injury with a sensational solo goal against Burnley last weekend.

Both players to score, over one corners for each team in each half and 10+ booking points for each team is 18/1 with Sky Bet.

Jesse Lingard strikes twice as West Ham hold on to beat Euro rivals Leicester
Jesse Lingard strikes twice as West Ham hold on to beat Euro rivals Leicester

Jarrod Bowen is another player enjoying an exceptional season in East London with eight goals to his name and 12 shots on target from the 27 he's taken.

He is 16/1 to score from outside of the box with Paddy Power.

Score Prediction: Newcastle United 1-2 West Ham

Goalscorers: St. Maximin, Lingard, Bowen

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